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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP -- Many of us just want to relax in our retirement, but not one volunteer in Luzerne County. She spends more than 40 hours a week helping animals of all kinds at a refuge in Franklin Township.

After 32 years as an elementary school teacher in Luzerne County, you’d think Carol Wills would want to stop chasing around tiny tuchuses in her retirement. But apparently, she hasn’t had enough! Her volunteer work at Blue Chip Animal Refuge in Franklin Township is basically a full-time job.

“Part of that is my personality though. I just can't sit still,” Carol said.

She started volunteering 10 years ago. That year, she said the refuge found homes for 60 dogs. Last year, they were up to 600.

Part of the reason for all that success is Carol’s patience, pointing more than 200 volunteers at the refuge of all ages in the right direction.

“They laugh at me because even when adults groups come through I have the jobs that they can do hanging up in front of them, just very teacherly,” Carol said.

Carol helps animals of all kinds at Blue Chip like dogs and even miniature horses.

“Without volunteers like Carol and a whole list of others, we couldn't survive. We only have one paid employee and obviously taking care of thousands of animals in a year, we just couldn't do it without people like Carol,” Blue Chip Animal Refuge Founder Marge Bart said.

In her retirement, Carol said she does a lot less teaching and a lot more learning.

“There's so much love for all of them to give and it really is, I learn from them all the time,” Carol said.

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13 comments

  • broke college kid with keg party soon

    hey i hear you do go fund mes for lazy mooches who wont get a job! i have a kegger next week and im broke i promise to come there and follow you and tell you how great you are and do nothing but take selfies! can you do a go fund me for me quick so i can have a keg party? i need it more then the animals let them get jobs im to lazy!
    let me know asap
    broke lazy college kid

  • little Timmy

    I was unfortunate to have her for a teacher for 3 years probably because im stupid and flunked twice but the first year i flunked was because she kept on hitting on my dad , the thought scarred me for life so much i jumped in a well and didnt come out till end of the school year
    please get these animals away from her
    Little Timmy

  • Vera

    Like wow. I just cant believe all this negativity. I mean I think Jefferson said can’t we all just get along? Totally, my fav teach. Wishes ppl would stop pickling at her…i mean come on, being a teacher ain’t easy,,,she was so good at it. You go girl.

  • Freddie

    This must be some kind of joke!!! I’ve known this woman for 20 plus years!! Only thing she’s good at is tipping the bottle!! I’ve also known the owner Marge Bart for over 30 years I’m surprised she has not asked herself why she lost so many dedicated volunteers and supporters over the years!! All she does is lie she lies so much she can’t remember what lie she told!! Disgusting!! Will not be watching wnep anymore!!

  • jimmy ex student

    she wasn’t nice in school either she always took the kids lunches ! there was many days I went with nothing to eat during the day because of her, that’s why I currently have a eating disorder!

  • Louise

    Roughly 2 months ago we asked for donations at our work, received all kinds of food, toys and beds it was really nice. Then about 2 weeks later I saw this lady along with another on the Dallas highway selling basically everything myself and my co-workers donated! We were suckers never again we plan on doing another one this time for the Spca

  • Jenna

    I couldn’t believe when I saw this last night! Wnep should be ashamed that they don’t investigate before they salute such a horrendous place! Did you see the animals sitting in the cold and filth while you were there? This place needs to be shut down!
    And I know people who know this woman personally, and she absolutely does not volunteer 40 hours a week! She may go there and drink wine, or move stuff around, but never once actually cleaned or made improvements to the animals areas! Such a joke!

  • Jan

    All I can say is WOW!! Friends have adopted a dog from this place. They were begging to get the dogs vet records for months after adopting. (Which a reputable shelter gives the day of adoption) The dog had many health issues that Blue chip failed to tell or the dog was never vet seen because no records were ever given!!! The owner of this shelter is very unprofessional she is clueless on how a shelter should operate!! Please wnep move on to a rescue that is professional and actually cares about the animals!! Not a place only looking to make money!! Very sad

  • Barbie

    What I don’t get is why this place is not investigated. So many things you read, and not just that, the stuff you hear from ppl adopting. No offense to this lady but why does your station keep featuring this place?

  • bill

    I JUST PUKED IN MY CHEERIOS! CHANNEL 16 SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR PUTTING THIS BS UP WITHOUT LOOKING INTO THE TRUTH FIRST!
    -THIS LADY HASNT BEEN THERE FOR 40 HOURS TOTAL IN 10 YEARS
    -SHE DOES NOTHING BUT SHOW UP WITH A CASE OF WINE WHEN ALL THE WORK IS DONE AND THEN DRIVE HOME DRUNK!
    – THERE HASN’T BEEN 200 VOLUNTEER TOTAL SINCE BC HAS BEEN OPEN!
    -IF 16 WANTS TO DO A REAL STORY LOOK INTO HOW BC MISTREATS ANIMALS AND STEALS MONEY FROM THE PEOPLE!