Community Builder: Couple helps find homes for animals

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A husband and wife team are in the spotlight as our latest Community Builder award recipients in partnership with Mungo Homes.

Those who know them say the duo continuously gives their time and resources—especially when it comes to helping four-legged friends.

Vicki Bignon can name them all.

"That's Axel and this is Xena," she said.

But they're not her own. If she could, Bignon would adopt them all.

"Oh my goodness I get so attached," she said.

Bignon spends close to 30 hours a week volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline. She started more than two years ago.

"In the mornings this is what we do, we come in and we clean. We clean the boxes, we clean the cages, we let all the animals out," she said.

And Bignon wouldn't have it any other way.

"I really love being around the animals," she said. "I have been around other volunteer organizations and when I came here I found my purpose."

It's a purpose that she gets to share with her husband Ed.

While Ed's not in the cages with the cats, he is on the front lines of fundraising for the non-profit pet rescue organization. The couple's donations have made both community cat rooms possible.

"I like to donate and take care of local charities," said Ed. "And since our love for animals is so great we found there was a great need for this type of thin."

Vicki also volunteers her time to serve on Pawmetto Lifeline's Board of Directors.

"Vicki and Ed are such a beautiful team because of Ed's background in business and Vicki's passion," said fellow director Tai Macilwinen. "They've had the ability to engage their friends in the community in our mission."

And Vicki says she's not slowing down anytime soon. True to mission, she's encouraging others to get on board.

"We need volunteers and seniors would love this job," she said. "There's so many opportunities for people that have a little bit of time. Come spend it with us."

In addition to being named a Mungo Homes Community Builder, the Michael J. Mungo foundation is awarding the Bignon's a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

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