Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – Community Relations and Education Specialist Peggy Bender will retire from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control effective September 1, 2014.
Bender was hired as the shelter’s first Community Relations and Education Specialist in 1985. Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Director Belinda Lewis released information about Bender’s service. Lewis said for 29 years Bender has pioneered and established numerous outreach programs for the department including signature fundraising events, a Spay Neuter Assistance Program, the Animal Care Teens Program, the KIND Club Program, nationally recognized animal safety education and video programs such as The Scoop and the award-winning KIND Club Show series. Many have come to know Bender through the media including regular appearances on WANE TV News Channel 15’s Pet of the Week segments on the noon news.
“Working for Animal Care & Control and for the welfare of animals will always be greater than a career,” said Bender. “It’s been a cause and a passion that I have shared with some of the most caring and dedicated people that anyone could have the privilege to know. From professional colleagues to the animal-loving community kind enough to share their stories, laughter and tears and to the thousands of animals that I was blessed to help, each have given special moments and meaning to my life.”
The public is invited to stop by Animal Care & Control at 3020 Hillegas Road on Friday, August 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a farewell reception.