Small dog rescue volunteer receives this week's Pay it Forward a - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Small dog rescue volunteer receives this week's Pay it Forward award

(Source: 3TV.CBS 5) (Source: 3TV.CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV.CBS 5) (Source: 3TV.CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Donna Umsread does her best to find homes for dogs in need, but it's not easy.

"There are hundreds of dogs that are perfectly healthy and perfectly wonderful dogs that they cant find homes for," said Umsread. "Not just sick and neglected -  just too many dogs."

Every week, the retired kindergarten teacher can be found at the Arizona Small Dog Rescue.

The devoted volunteer does everything from cleaning kennels and giving baths, to getting pups ready for adoption.

"Sometimes we have dogs that turn over in a day or two, but we have dogs that are long-timers, and to actually place a dog and know that it's with people who love it and provide a wonderful life; it's very rewarding."

Fellow volunteer Leslie Tweeton has seen how much Umsread cares about the cute canines, so she reached out to CBS-5 to Pay it Forward to Umsread.

"Donna makes a huge difference," said Tweeton. "I'd love to have this type of coverage to inspire others to come help and do the kinds of things she's doing in her spare time."

A CBS-5 News crew surprised Umsread at the Arizona Small Dog Rescue Center earlier this week.

"I reached out to CBS-5 because I've been thinking about how great of a volunteer you are, and all the incredible time and effort that you've put into the shelter," Tweeton told Umsread. "Your the first person in the world to drop everything and run out to Mesa if we need to get a dog. On behalf of the shelter and Channel 5 we would like to present you with a big thank you and $500."

"Once you retire you need a passion," said Umsread. "You need something new to focus on and help feel productive."

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Featured VideoMore>>

  • Queen Creek teen named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

    Queen Creek teen named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:45:13 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:42:19 GMT
    Tyler Ruoff won the honor of the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. (Source: Tyler Ruoff)Tyler Ruoff won the honor of the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. (Source: Tyler Ruoff)

    Graduating in the top 5 percent of his class, he credits his parents for motivating him.

    More >>

    Graduating in the top 5 percent of his class, he credits his parents for motivating him.

    More >>
  • Win and they're in: GCU opens WAC Tournament as #1 seed

    Win and they're in: GCU opens WAC Tournament as #1 seed

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-05-23 02:26:53 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:23 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:23:16 GMT
    GCU Coach Andy Stankiewicz has lead the Lopes to the No. 1 seed at the WAC Tournament staring Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)GCU Coach Andy Stankiewicz has lead the Lopes to the No. 1 seed at the WAC Tournament staring Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    GCU Coach Andy Stankiewicz has lead the Lopes to the #1 seed at the WAC Tournament staring Thursday.GCU Coach Andy Stankiewicz has lead the Lopes to the #1 seed at the WAC Tournament staring Thursday.

    GCU had to go through a four-year probationary period with the NCAA to move up to Division I. A WAC Tournament title would mark the completion of a bold vision.

    More >>

    GCU had to go through a four-year probationary period with the NCAA to move up to Division I. A WAC Tournament title would mark the completion of a bold vision.

    More >>
  • 3 hotshot crews deployed in AZ from other states to help with wildfires

    3 hotshot crews deployed in AZ from other states to help with wildfires

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:44:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:10 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:10:24 GMT
    There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Out-of-town hotshot crews are already staged in Arizona, ready to jump on the fire line. There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north.

    More >>

    Out-of-town hotshot crews are already staged in Arizona, ready to jump on the fire line. There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly