Praise Humane Officers for Going Beyond the Call of Duty


Target: Tamaqua Animal Rescue Humane Society officer Sue Schafer and Hillside SPCA Humane Officer Janine Choplick

Goal: Thank Pennsylvania Humane Officers for their incredible dedication to making sure pets are safe and happy

Two Humane Officers have teamed up to ensure that all pets in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania are properly cared for. The majority of their work is done in their free time, and despite what little pay and attention they receive in return, their effort is tireless. It is because of people like them that a dent is being made in animal cruelty, and for that they deserve our gratitude.

Often, Sue Schafer and Janine Choplick, who call themselves the dynamic duo, find themselves working throughout the weekend to investigate complaints that they couldn’t get to during the week. This is not to mention emergency calls, and neither is paid for this additional work. Choplick is a Hillside Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) employee, but volunteers on weekends to cut down on the call backlog. Schaefer is a volunteer and never receives a paycheck. They do it because they love animals.

Each call can last a few minutes or several hours, depending on the severity of the case and whether or not the police need to be involved. “Calls come in at all hours of the day and night, weekdays and weekends,” said Schafer. Calls must be prioritized, and in cases where it is necessary, both women will drop whatever they are doing at the time to respond to the complaint. “Just like humans have social workers to protect them, animals have humane officers,” said Choplick. “They trust us to do the right thing for them.”

They don’t just rescue dogs and cats either. Choplick and Schafer have also removed horses, chinchillas, bearded dragons, snakes, skunks, foxes, and raccoons from homes. Wild animals aren’t kept at Hillside SPCA, but are given to licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities where they will receive proper care.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Janine Choplick and Sue Schafer for their selfless dedication to making a difference in the lives of animals.


Dear Janine Choplick and Sue Schafer,

As Humane Officers you have made it your mission to ensure the welfare of animals in Schuylkill County, but you have gone beyond the job and made it your life to do so. You regularly devote your free time and go out of your way to respond to the backlog of calls the SPCA receives and are willing to drop everything you are doing if an emergency situation arises.

Thank you so much for the commitment you both have made to making a difference in the lives of animals. It is because of people like you that animals are gradually getting the protection they deserve.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Corinne Svalmark says:

    The animals thank you as well God Bless!

  2. Thank you for your time, dedication and commitment to those that cannot help themselves!

  3. Thank you & God bless you all! You are GREAT! ♥

  4. Thank you, they have found their “anuenue” Rainbow in all of you!! You are inspiration for our younger generation.
    Educate and show by example, all of you are Angels of Kindness!!!

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