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Caity Robertson, 25, used to work at a bank.

One customer frequently would come through the drive-thru window with a new dog riding shotgun. These were foster dogs heading to the temporary C.A.R.E. homes.

Robertson, who always wanted to work with animals, grew up with animals, and felt very passionately about animal welfare, finally asked about becoming a foster herself. The application to foster came through the teller tube.

Now Robertson serves as C.A.R.E. secretary, and fills in on cat cage cleaning duty, when needed, at Petco. She also continues to foster dogs.

It all started with asking.

Angie Huebel, director of the United Way of Bartholomew County’s Volunteer Action Center, encourages potential volunteers to come into her office for an interview to discover the best ways to channel your energy.

Some people, for example, have to be leaders on every project. Some volunteers want a break from the regular routine. A retired doctor might want to do yard work. Someone like Robertson, who works as a lab technician at Dorel Juvenile, can indulge a love of animals.

“It’s our art to pick up something that you tell us,” Huebel said.

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