Making a Difference in Our Community: Kate Baldridge-Hale Helps Find Furever Homes for Homeless Pets

The joy of helping animals find their furever home has motivated Kate Baldridge-Hale, professor, English for academic purposes, to volunteer for animal shelters for nearly 10 years.

After moving to Orlando and seeking to continue her furry volunteer efforts, she found the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando — which fit Kate’s values, mission and ideal practices. The Pet Alliance educates, shelters, places and heals pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care.

Today, she has been volunteering with this organization for three years.

When asked what she likes most about volunteering, her answer was simple. “Of course, it is the animals!” she exclaimed. “No matter what is going on in the world or my life, I feel a sense of peace and calmness when I interact with the animals. It is also so rewarding to be able to help an animal find a forever home.”

For information on volunteering at the Pet Alliance, click here.

Throughout Valencia’s 50th anniversary year, to celebrate the College’s service to our community, we will feature stories of Valencia employees who volunteer. Whether you volunteer as a board member of a foundation or you serve meals to the homeless, we want to hear about it because every act of kindness is worth celebrating. To submit a Valencia volunteer story, simply email the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your photo (preferably of you volunteering)
  • Where you volunteer and a description of the organization
  • How long you have volunteered with that organization
  • Why you choose to volunteer with that organization
  • What you enjoy most about volunteering with that organization


  • Esther Coombes said:

    Great job, Kate!

    PMSun, 15 Jan 2017 18:42:32 +0000Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:42:32 +0000pm17,6:42 pm

    • Kate Baldridge-Hale said:

      Thanks, Esther!

      PMTue, 17 Jan 2017 12:50:10 +0000Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:50:10 +0000pm17,12:50 pm

  • Sabrina Ramos-Cotto said:

    Way to go Kate! I support them as well..they are our puppy's vet and supply store for goodies!

    PMTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:19:45 +0000Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:19:45 +0000pm17,2:19 pm

    • Kate Baldridge-Hale said:

      Sabrina, I'm so happy to hear that. I have taken my cat to the clinic there as well.

      AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:07:55 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:07:55 +0000am17,8:07 am

  • Patti Riva said:

    Thank you so much, Kate, for the good work you do for animals.

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 05:50:51 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:50:51 +0000am17,5:50 am

    • Kate Baldridge-Hale said:

      Thanks, Patti. You always go above and beyond for them.

      AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:25 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:25 +0000am17,8:08 am

  • Becca Toole said:

    This is a beautiful write-up, Kate! Thank you for the work you do for our Central Florida animals.

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 07:24:42 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:24:42 +0000am17,7:24 am

    • Kate Baldridge-Hale said:


      AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:43 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:43 +0000am17,8:08 am

  • Kelli McCarthy said:

    Way to go, Kate!

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:05:27 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:05:27 +0000am17,8:05 am

    • Kate Baldridge-Hale said:


      AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:50 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:08:50 +0000am17,8:08 am

  • Aaron said:

    Meow meow!!! (translation: Go Kate!!!)

    AMThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:03:05 +0000Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:03:05 +0000am17,7:03 am

  • Karen said:

    Thank you, Kate, for making a difference for the animals!

    PMThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:59:47 +0000Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:59:47 +0000pm17,1:59 pm

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