Jefferson Award: Gary Engel
Each month, Siouxland News teams up with Seaboard Triumph Foods to give a local volunteer a "Jefferson Award."
This is a special way to recognize people in our community dedicated to public service.
This month, we meet a Sioux City volunteer who dedicates his time to helping rescued dogs.
Not one not two but seven days a week you'll find Gary Engel at the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.
He's a volunteer with a passion for the pups. And for the last ten years, he's worked closely with canines, training dogs from all backgrounds.
Engel provides basic to advanced training for puppies and older rescue dogs.
"He was the first dog that I worked with. He was running the streets of downtown Sioux City without a home and he went on, had so much ball drive, I think that's why he never got adopted but he went to the South Dakota canine center," said Engel.
Gary said one of the most rewarding aspects, is helping his furry friends find a forever home.
"It brings such joy of helping them and getting them out of here so they can be in a good home forever," said Engel.
"He's very dedicated. He's here everyday of the week. He's just a wonderful person."
"We really appreciate him."
If you know someone who has dedicated their life in service to others, please nominate them here.