There are many champions for animals who both work for and volunteer at Marion Animal Care and Control. Two of them are longtime volunteers, Judy Mills and Lis Williams Overman.
Mills is a Marion native and Marion High School graduate with an associate’s degree from Indiana Business College. She is a state-certified medical assistant with over 35 years in the healthcare field. Taking care of people, particularly the elderly, has been a calling for her, but she also loves to care for animals. In 2013, she began volunteering at the MACC shelter.
Shelter Manager, Brittney Shrout, described Mills as more of a family member than a volunteer. “She is the strongest woman I know.”
In 2019, Mills began to have health concerns. In spring of 2021, Mills was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Despite her medical condition, she still comes in when she is able, and wants to encourage others who are facing health challenges to keep doing what they can, such as volunteering.
Mills has also volunteered at nursing homes and supported health fundraisers.
Another champion for animals is Lis Williams Overman. Overman graduated from New Castle High School and lived in Indianapolis before Marion. She received two degrees from Ball State and a master’s from IWU in finance, and would serve many years in that field before retiring. Upon moving to Marion with her husband, Scott, in 2017, she noticed a large number of stray cats in the neighborhood. She became involved with MACC and other rescues and spay/neuter groups to help control the feral population in the area which she continues with a goal to not let them go hungry.
Shrout said Overman brings a lot to the shelter in many ways. “For example, Lis comes in to cuddle with kittens adjusting to shelter life and has transported them to rescues all over.”
Overman expressed gratitude for her husband’s help, the commitment of her neighbors, and praised MACC staff and the other volunteers for their hard work and dedication.