Learn more about one of our great volunteers, U.S. Army Veteran Hope Gentle and how she is #In4LifeLine!
This Memorial Day, we’d like to honor one of our outstanding volunteers who also happens to be a U.S. Army Veteran, Hope Gentle.
Hope joined the Army in 1973 and served for 20 years. She admits that the time she spent as a soldier wasn’t easy, but says it had lasting positive effects on her. “The military taught me that being cold, hungry and tired was a viable career option,” says Hope. “I had mostly difficult jobs, dealing with hard-to-please people, but the physical challenges forced me to be fit, and seeing so much of the world gave me insights into people that I could not have gotten any other way.”
Hope began volunteering at Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) in 2003. Although she saw many transitions throughout the years, she continued volunteering at FCAS, because she believed that each day she was there, she was saving lives. She says that when LifeLine Animal Project took over shelter management and she saw the old management leave, it was her favorite shelter memory.
FCAS employees know and respect Hope. When asked about her, FCAS Manager of Placement Services Audrey Shoemaker said,“It actually makes me emotional to think about Hope Gentle and all that she does for FCAS. She is here volunteering every Monday and Friday, all day! She assists our vet department, runs out to pick up supplies for our kennel, transports critically ill and injured animals to the vet (with little to no notice), cleans the clinic and kennel, walks dogs, socializes cats, fosters, assists at adoption events and on, and on.....”
“Everyone knows Hope, and no one does this crazy animal rescue work like her,” continues Audrey. “She really loves animals and has dedicated her life to saving them. Her extreme generosity has moved me to tears countless times. Hope isn't motivated by attention or recognition. She just wakes up every day and does what she believes is right, and I think that's what makes her so special.”
Hope says that although the Army helped shape who she is now, helping animals is her true passion. “I have been retired for longer than I served, and yet I find that the influence of my military experience and training still colors what I do and who I am,” she says. “But as much as I am grateful for my military experience, had I been able to work with an organization that helps animals, I would have chosen that path without hesitation or regret.”
The compassion, love and energy that Hope gives to the animals is invaluable, and she is an inspiration to all of us at LifeLine. Hope has three dogs and five cats whom she, of course, adopted from FCAS.
LifeLine couldn’t be successful without incredible volunteers like Hope. We thank her for being #In4LifeLine.