FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Community Relations and Education Specialist of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has retired from her position.
Peggy Bender was hired as the shelter's first Community Relations and Education Specialist in 1985, when major changes to city departments and local animal ordinances were being made.
For the past 29 years, Bender has pioneered and established numerous outreach programs for the department. Some of the programs include fundraising events, a spay-neuter assistance program for limited-income pet owners, the Animal Care Teen’s program, and nationally recognized animal safety and education programs.
“I’ve been very grateful for all the time I’ve spent here and as much as I’m looking forward to the future I know that I will always be connected to this organization because I’ve loved so much of what I’ve done here,” said Bender.
Bender says she has been working closely with her replacement, Jody Hamilton, who’s been a volunteer coordinator for the past six years.
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