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Friend of birds, turtles and reptiles

Connie Steiert
Special to the DailyThe Eagle Valley Humane Society, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, has had countless success stories rescuing pets and finding new homes for them.

Michelle Hall, recently elected to the Vail Recreation Board, still gets calls about turtles all the time while at her job at the Avon Library.

She no volunteers countless hours at the Eagle Valley Humane Society, but her volunteer days with animals are far from over. Hall’s years participating in the Eagle Valley Humane Society’s dog walking program and a stint on its board between 1995 and 1998 have left her with a life-long commitment to creatures of all kinds.Hall first began her participation with the Humane Society in 1992, when she adopted two dogs from the shelter.

One of the dogs, a basset hound named Beatrice (after Blondie Vucich) had been taken away from her mother too early and had developed a massive infection. The Humane Society spent a long time working to save the dog and make it adoptable, and Hall decided to repay the organization for its efforts and help educating her as a new dog owner with her volunteer efforts. But Hall’s interests soon took a new direction, and she became fascinated by birds, reptiles and amphibians – starting with the adoption of a turtle from the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Hall later adopted another turtle from the Colorado Reptile Rescue association, and soon began volunteering for the association, later also becoming involved with the Colorado Herpatological Society.

Along the way, Hall discovered a passion for birds, and she now serves on the board of the Gabriel Foundation, based in Carbondale, which is the Humane Society equivalent for rescued birds. Today, if someone has a bird or turtle problem they are likely to pick up the phone and call Hall, and she, in turn, usually refers them to one of the above societies for help.

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