Making a Difference Together

Carlee And Michele 2018 Hero

Four years ago, Carlee Youngs was looking for a way to give back to the community when she connected with our Community Outreach and Spay & Neuter Coordinator, Michele Soto and soon became a volunteer for The Arizona Pet Project. “Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed the companionship of pets and knew I wanted to incorporate animals into my life.” Carlee explains. She soon discovered that becoming an AZPP volunteer would provide something truly unique: a way to have a direct, visible impact on both pets and people.

Michele Soto recalls, “When I met Carlee, she was attending college and working at the same time. No matter how busy she was she always took the time to help both people and animals she came in contact with. Her work ethic and commitment to making things better show in every situation.”

After a year of contributing her time and talents, she invited her mother Michele Lane, who Soto describes as “a ray of sunshine”, to join her in volunteering at our annual event the 2015 HERO Awards. It is an occasion they look forward to doing together every year now.

Since 2015, Michele and Carlee are always quick to lend a helping hand with any task or community event. Whether they do so individually, or as a wonderful team, they consistently go above and beyond to share our mission and assist families in need-something they both feel so passionate about.

“It’s a great way to spend quality mother-daughter time,” says Michele.

When they are not volunteering for The Arizona Pet Project, Michele assists pets as an Animal Reiki Practitioner and spends time with her fur-kids Lucy, Jude, Snow, and Autumn. Carlee enjoys cooking, hiking, and of course, spoiling her pets Lady and Avery.

It is truly a pleasure to have this special mom and daughter duo as part of The Arizona Pet Project family!

Looking to make an impact while forging bonds of your own? Join the AZPP team.