AWS Celebrates Staff Milestones

The Animal Welfare Society is proud to announce the 20th anniversaries of staff members Bobbi Adkins, Shelter Manager, and Kim VanSickle, Lead Canine Training Instructor.

Bobbi has had a lifelong love of all animals and, after working in several other arenas, she found the right fit at the Animal Welfare Society.  Bobbi began her career at AWS as an animal care technician on September 8, 1998.  Today Bobbi serves as Shelter Manager, overseeing all facets of Animal Shelter and Adoption Center operations.  Bobbi has played an instrumental role in AWS’ journey to becoming the progressive, life-saving organization it is today.  She has a vast knowledge of all kinds of animals and their care, has assisted in many State led animal cruelty cases and she set the highest standard in customer service, always in the pursuit of achieving excellence for people and pets.

Kim VanSickle, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) started the AWS behavior and training department when she came on board on September 11, 1998. She has since built the program to include five certified trainers, over a dozen options for weekly group classes, behavior workshops, social hours and so much more. In addition to all this, she continues to support the behavior care of the canines who enter the shelter and the staff that care for them. She’s sought after in the community for her skills as a trainer and has offered hundreds of private consultations to pets and their owners over the years.

“AWS has come a long way over the past two decades,” says Abigail Smith, Executive Director.  “Our growth and success in service to our community is in large part to the compassion and commitment of our longest serving staff, Kim and Bobbi.  We are grateful for every extra mile each of them has gone for the animals we aim to help, and for the expertise and thoughtfulness they bring to us every day.”

To commemorate their longevity, Kim (left) and Bobbi (right) received personalized engraved pavers, which will be placed in prime locations in the entryway of the AWS Adoption Center.