U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Sacramento Fish & Wildlife OfficeServing the people, conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of California

A Unit Of The Pacific Southwest Region

National Volunteer Week 2018

April 16, 2018

 Kellie Berry holding rabbit

Kellie’s experience caring for rabbits she had as pets helps her provide helpful hints on care and bonding with companion rabbits. Photo credit: Veronica Davison, USFWS.

April 15-21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service benefits from the many volunteers who support National Wildlife Refuges and field offices by donating their time to work with dedicated Service staff to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the benefit of the American people.

Kellie Berry talking to adult and child about pet adoption

Kellie answers questions about the care needs of Buttercup, a rabbit available for adoption that Kellie has been working with for several weeks. Photo credit: Veronica Davison, USFWS.

For many Service employees, the commitment to conservation extends from the office to their own volunteer activities. Many lend their expertise and time to supporting the people in need and conservation work in communities throughout the country. Staff in the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office are no exception. Each year, staff volunteer at schools, animal shelters, habitat restoration sites, and more.

Sacramento Valley Division Chief Kellie Berry is also a Sacramento House Rabbit Society volunteer. For six months, she has volunteered to help care for abandoned and unwanted rabbits. Every week, Kellie visits a Petco location to feed the rabbits and clean their hutches. She also spends quality time with them to help with socialization and answers questions from people interested in adoption.

According to Kellie, “rabbits can be great pets, but people are sometimes unaware that they need the same type of attention and care you give a dog or cat. HRS does a great job of educating the public and I enjoy working with them to educate people about the needs of companion rabbits.” As much as interacting with the rabbits helps them, Kellie explains that she benefits from it too, “The human interaction is critical for the rabbits—some of them have been neglected and abused—but I get a lot out of it too and it’s really rewarding to see them to go a good home.”

Kellie is just one of many SFWO staff who volunteer their time. To learn more about their activities, click the links below.

by Veronica Davison / SFWO External Affairs

Last updated: April 16, 2018