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Nomads: Face to Face Petty Officer 2nd Class Clarissa Rodriguez

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  • By Airman 1st Class Emily Smallwood
  • 33rd Fighter Wing

“I’ve loved animals since I was little. The best memory I have was my dad taking me somewhere there were puppies and laying on the ground being covered in puppies.”

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Clarissa Rodriguez, 33rd Maintenance Squadron yeoman, volunteers at the Pet Welfare Adoption Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

“I volunteer to help out animals that don’t really have a choice in the situation. We’re here to give the animals a voice.”

Pet Welfare Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that takes in homeless cats and dogs.

“We are here for the military community if they deploy or get stationed somewhere where they can’t take their pets, they have this option to know that their dogs will be rehomed and taken care of and not have to worry about them being euthanized.”

Rodriguez is the team lead for the volunteer group at Pet Welfare and volunteers her time every Wednesday to help out the shelter.

“This is an all-volunteer organization. Don’t be afraid to volunteer, we need volunteers. You can’t really go wrong with helping animals.”

For more information on how to volunteer or adopt a pet, contact Pet Welfare at 850-678-5066 or check out