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West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Around the country people are making their comunity a better place during National Volunteer Week, including at PETS Inc here in the Midlands.

PETS Inc. saves many abandoned cats and dogs but it takes much more than paid staff to keep things in line.

"We're so lucky that we have so many dedicated volunteers," Volunteer coordinator Chelsi Williams said.

PETS Inc. lists about 400 active volunteers. Theresa Duggan is one of them.

"I love animals and it's kind of like my therapy. I help them and they help me," Duggan said.

Duggan works as a server, but once a week she stops by to see her favorite furry friends. But sometimes it's even better when they aren't there.

"There wasa white cat, his name wasThursday. He was a beautiful, affectionate kitty, but he had been sick for a while so no one wanted to adopt him," Duggan said. "But I came in today and Ifound out someone took him. So I'm really, really happy that he got a home."

PETS, Inc. credits volunteers like Duggan for how efficiently the orgaization runs.

"Without them I don't think thatwe'd be able to keep everything together or keep the animals happy," Williams said.

And while some volunteers are there for class credit or by court order, Duggan thinks this job was made for her.

"It's a calling for me. I want to do more with my life than just work and do things for myself," Duggan said.

PETS Inc. welcomes all volunteers, you can find out more information on their website www.PetsInc.org

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