Sun Shine: Charlene’s cause

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For Charlene Sangenario Dumais, it was her life’s passion to nurture the abandoned, mistreated and homeless animals that she encountered volunteering at a local animal shelter and working as a surgical veterinary technician at VCA Northboro Animal Hospital.

It was because of this love of animals and her tireless effort toward their well-being that Charlene’s family, friends, and coworkers started the nonprofit organization Paws for the Cause after Charlene’s diagnosis of breast cancer.

Charlene Dumais, right, with Paws for the Cause director Melissa Dudley.

Courtesy Paws for the Cause

Charlene Dumais, right, with Paws for the Cause director Melissa Dudley.

“Charlene was a really great person and everyone loved her,” said Denise Sangenario McNeil, Charlene’s sister and a dental hygienist from Worcester.

“She really knew how to make a person feel welcome. She loved working with animals and loved what she did. She definitely was able to tap into people’s hearts.”


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