Congratulations to Melita Shpul on Volunteer of the Month! Melita started volunteering on the Thursday PM shift in January 2020. Not long after, she also started helping us with our fecal samples, checking for eggs and sand so we can properly treat our horses. You can often find Melita, before her shift, sitting at the microscope in the the bathroom looking closely at horse manure. We are lucky to have her skills, hard work, dedication and her great sense of humor. Learn a little more about Melita below.

How and when did you first get involved with horses?
Horses have been my favorite animal since childhood and I was always looking for an opportunity to be with them. I graduated from the Agricultural University with a degree in animal engineering. While studying at the university, I spent a lot of time with horses at the hippodrome that was nearby.

What do you like most about volunteering with SAFE?
I was so happy when I found this place! First, it’s very cool to know that you are helping these beautiful animals to get a second chance. Secondly, I like physical activity and spending time outdoors. And finally I’m surrounded by many wonderful people.

Do you have a favorite SAFE horse? If so, why?
I couldn’t choose just one, they were all so nice and special! But Coco is the sweetest baby horse.

What do you do when you are not horsing around with us?
I like to spend time with my sons outdoors. I love to walk, hike and travel.

Do you have family or special people in your life who support your volunteer work that you would want us to mention in your write up?
My husband. He knows how much horses mean to me and absolutely supports all of my activities.