After nearly 30 years of pioneering community outreach programs for Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, Peggy Bender announced her retirement Tuesday.
Bender will officially leave her post as community relations and education specialist Sept. 1, according to a statement from Animal Care & Control.
Among Bender’s accomplishments during her 29 years with Animal Care & Control were fundraising events, a spay-neuter assistance program, an animal program geared toward teenagers, work with local schools and a nationally recognized animal safety education program.
Our department and the community have been fortunate to have had Peggy serving for 29 years, Belinda Lewis, director of Animal Care & Control, said in a prepared statement.
Bender will go on to work as creative director in nonprofit video marketing.
Bender was well-known to TV viewers from her pet-of-the-week segment on a local station.
Working for Animal Care & Control and for the welfare of animals will always be greater than a career, Bender said in a news statement about her retirement.
Jodi Hamilton, volunteer coordinator for the past six years at Animal Care & Control, will fill the vacancy left by Bender.