Karen and Erin Jordan: Finding Family at the Humane Society
For Karen and Erin Jordan, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is about family. They began volunteering together when they were dating, and they've adopted many of their "children" from HSPPR. Today, the Jordans work tirelessly and give generously to ensure that other families can find one another at HSPPR.
In their 18 years as volunteers, Karen and Erin have filled a long list of roles at the Humane Society, including kitty cuddler, dog walker, foster parent, volunteer trainer, community educator, animal transporter and special events helper. They have an equally extensive list of reasons for volunteering. Among them are many community outreach programs that promote homeless animals, the strong support for military families with displaced pets, and the cooperation with other area agencies to rescue and protect animals in harm's way.
"We have an excellent save rate and offer a safe place for unwanted animals," Erin says of HSPPR.
Throughout the years, dogs, cats and hamsters have been welcomed into Karen and Erin's family. In addition to providing for the lucky animals who make their home with them, the couple also shares their resources with the animals at HSPPR. They frequently donate supplies and make regular cash donations.
"The Humane Society does good things with the money," Karen stresses. "We really believe in their mission to support the animals in the area, investigate cruelty cases and find homes for as many pets as possible."
Karen and Erin have designated a bequest to HSPPR in their estate plan, because they adopted most of their "fuzzy kids" through the Humane Society. This guarantees them that the state won't make decisions about where their money goes when the time comes.
"Karen and Erin Jordan bring a lot of support and dedication to HSPPR, whether it be financial gifts, donations of tangible goods, volunteerism and event participation," says Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of HSPPR. "We are honored and humbled to also be included in their estate plan."
"You can't pay HSPPR back for taking care of your kids [pets] until you could find them," Karen says, "but you can pay it forward financially and through volunteering to help HSPPR take care of other kids until they can find their own homes."