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May 2023 Volunteer Spotlight – Kelly Bradt

Congratulations to Kelly Bradt on being chosen as May’s Volunteer Spotlight!!!

Kelly is married to her husband TJ and they recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary! (Happy Anniversary!) They have two grown “boys”, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons (ages 11, 5, and 2) three granddogs: Remi, Zoe and Bolt. Oh, and one grand lizard. Over the past 37 years they have had 2 black labs, a chocolate lab, two beagles, a hamster, and three cats.


Kelly started work at Fulton County DSS right out of college and retired in 2019 after 34 years there. She was a CPS supervisor for many years before retirement. She then went to MHA part time after she retired where she is a Family/Victim Advocate in the Child Advocacy Center. (Kelly is always trying to help people out!). Kelly belonged to the PTA for 30 years and has been involved with the Meco Fire Dept Auxiliary for many years.

We asked Kelly to tell us something about herself that most people do not know. She said “I am claustrophobic! No caves, dark rides or dark enclosures and I stay far away from elevators if at all possible.  That’s about as juicy as my life goes 😊”.

Kelly has been a Regional volunteer for 4 years.  She always wanted to volunteer with animals but didn’t have time so once she retired, that was the first thing she looked into.  “I love all animals, sometimes to the point of driving my hunting family crazy. Our lab was getting older and with plans to travel, we decided not to get another dog, so the shelter is my “fix”.”

“Working with Mike every Friday always brought lots of laughs and interesting times with the pups.  Every shift is my favorite time, time spent with the pups who need us most.  I really would take them all home if I could!”

Kelly said “The best part about being a volunteer at Regional is knowing that I am a part of an organization that puts so much into the care of all of the dogs.  Every single volunteer is here for the right reason and puts their whole heart into caring for the dogs.  I know it has been said before, but we really are a big family through good times and bad.  Everyone is so supportive of one another.”

We asked Kelly what she would tell someone who was thinking about volunteering and she said “Do it!  There is no place else that is as rewarding to volunteer at as the shelter.  So many people I talk to say they couldn’t do it because they would want to take all the pups home.  I tell them that our pups are so spoiled that being at the shelter is not so bad.  And, there are always those opportunities to provide outings for them.  TJ was sure that I would bring a dog home and so far I’ve only brought 3 dogs and a cat home to foster, LOL.  But they have all now found their furever homes elsewhere. “

Thank you, Kelly, for your dedication and commitment to the animals that call Regional home!

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