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George and Calista Hospodarsky of Iowa City received a Governor’s Volunteer Award for their volunteer efforts at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center from Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 28, 2016 in Cedar Rapids.

“I am pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to meet essential needs across Iowa,” the Governor stated. “The commitment of these volunteers — and all volunteers — helps Iowa consistently remain in the top 10 states in the nation for its volunteerism rate.”

Calista was honored for volunteering hundreds of hours each year at the Animal Center for the past 10 years, working behind the scenes to help with medical needs of cats and kittens as they enter the shelter. In addition, she has been a foster parent to over 400 animals, caring for them in her home until they are ready for adoption.

George was also honored for volunteering hundreds of hours at the shelter, emceeing events, and compiling data for reporting. He, too, has been a volunteer for over 10 years, and also helps take care of all the foster animals that Calista brings home.

“Volunteers are vital to our organization’s mission and play a huge part in helping us save lives and helping make the community a better place for animals and people,” said Liz Ford, Animal Center Supervisor. “George and Calista are two very dedicated people who go above and beyond for us and for the homeless animals they help. It’s wonderful to be able to recognize them for their generous contributions.”

For more information, contact Liz Ford at 319-356-5296 or liz-ford@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Wednesday, June 29, 2016