Lynn Benjamin, Member
When we interviewed HSKC Board Member, Lynn Benjamin, she was beautifully dressed. However, that didn’t stop Lynn from jumping in a kennel to have her photo taken with Pearl, our shelter pig at the time. As she climbed in and hugged Pearl, the pig urinated. Lynn just laughed, insisting her outfit was “entirely washable”!
Why and how did you become involved with HSKC?
“I’ve always been an animal lover. When I was a child, if ever I saw an injured animal, I wanted to pick it up and care for it. One day, I even carried a snake in the house. When my mother found out, she wasn’t pleased!
I always have had dogs, and I especially love large dogs. My family used to breed boxers for years, but more recently, I have adopted and rescued a Great Dane, a Mastiff, a Rottweiler and two Newfoundlands. I adopted Willow, a Ragdoll cat, and Domino, a mixed breed from HSKC. Domino is the most loving dog I have ever had. He did eat seven of my chairs, and they all had to be reupholstered. However, people need to take time to understand animals and know that they need to adjust to you and your home environment. Since that incident, Domino has returned the love I’ve given to him tenfold.
So, when I was approached to join the board years ago, it was a no-brainer for me.”
In your role, what do you do for HSKC?
“The shelter animals don’t have a voice, and we need to be their voice. I spread the word about all the organization does for these animals and our community. I also serve on the development committee of the board to help raise support for the shelter. This year, I’ll be leading a new corporate sponsorship program to give more ways for our local businesses to become involved with our work.”
What, in your opinion, if the best part of HSKC?
“It’s important to know what HSKC does in the community. It’s not all about dogs and cats being adopted. I wish people realized the shelter does more than that. So much of it is about education.”
What do you do in your spare time?
“I play with my animals or visit our grandkids. I also love to get together with friends and play Mahjong.”
What three words best describe you?
“Energetic, energetic, energetic! I guess I would say I believe there’s no challenge too great. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”