Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

“We don’t use volunteers.”

August 31, 2010

This was the (rather shocking) response I received when I called my local animal shelter. I’ve lived here for two years and recently decided it’s high time I get involved in the community, as it were. My first inclination was to volunteer for an animal rescue. According to Google, there are none here. Disbelieving, I called the animal shelter or “dog pound” in town, which is allegedly affiliated with the SPCA.

I finally reached someone during their fairly useless business hours (1-5 pm Tuesday- Friday, 1-4 on Saturdays.) I confess, while I didn’t exactly expect the lady who answered the phone to squeal for joy when I explained the reason for my call, I was hoping for a little more enthusiasm than what I got.

“I was calling to see if you all needed any volunteers.” You all  is a perfectly cromulent pronoun in these parts, by the way.

“We don’t use volunteers,” the dismal-sounding voice replied in a tone that hinted at her low estimation of my intelligence.

Taken aback, I fumbled. “Oh. Really? That’s… huh. Well, do you know of any shelters or rescue organizations in the area that might?”

“I don’t reckon. They all closed down.”

I was tempted to tell her that they probably closed down because they “don’t use volunteers,” but I kept my composure, thanked her (only a little facetiously) and hung up.

A few days later, I was cleaning out my inbox and came across a forgotten newsletter from a nearby animal rescue organization. They’re in Grayson, the next county over. Not holding out much hope this time, I emailed whoever mans the website’s “Contact Us” box and offered my services. To my delight, I got an enthusiastic response a few days later. An Ashley promises to get in touch with me after Labor Day, when we will, I hope, discuss me volunteering.  Until then, I will get plenty of practice caring for dogs.

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Adopting an Abused or Neglected Dog

March 12, 2010
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chessie, Mocha and Onyx's Mother

Inspired by Mocha and Onyx’s mom, Chessie, I’ve published an article with tips for people who are considering adopting an abused or neglected dog. The article is a basic overview with tips, factors to consider, and links to more detailed articles on food, crates, and training.