I’m a college student and having to do hard work all the time is stressful and I love dogs. So I figured if I did something with dogs the time in college wouldn’t feel so rough. Also coming to volunteer at BHS every week helps me clear my mind and relax.
What is your favorite part of volunteering at BHS?
My favorite part about volunteering are the dogs. I hate to say this but I am very scared of cats so I don’t interact with them but I love to walk and socialize with the dogs. I love coming every week building bonds with each dog. Making them feel a little comfortable being in such a confined space before adoption. Also the staff are wonderful and very welcoming. At first you may feel like you aren’t a big help to the staff or are in the way. But the volunteers are very very helpful and the staff lets us know daily.
Is there anything you have learned during your time at BHS that you have shared with others?
Before volunteering I thought it would be pretty easy. It can get a little challenging if you are a short person like myself. The dogs are strong and get really excited when going for walks, be calm and take control. It’s best not to freak out and lose your grip. But also take it slow and go at your own pace. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I have gained lots of muscle from volunteering.
Do you have any animals of your own? If not, do you have a favorite at the shelter?
I do have an animal of my own. I have a chihuahua named Kevin. He is my heart. I have also grown up around dogs so I care about all the dogs I come in contact with very deeply. I can’t say I have a favorite at the shelter. But I can say the most memorable one was a very big white husky named Reece. He was so beautiful and I’m so happy he was adopted. He was the first dog I walked at the shelter and he was most definitely too big for me but he was a sweetheart.