I have always loved animals, but in July I adopted a dog from Placer County Animal Services. She’d had a hard life and was in a critical medical condition when they got her. Seeing how compassionately the staff and volunteers cared for her in her time of need made me want to do what I can to pass on the favor.
What is your favorite part of volunteering at BHS?
I thoroughly enjoy the entire experience. Everyone there is great, but there can’t be a favorite overseeing the dogs happy. Seeing how happy they are running around the play yard or squeaking a toy is the most rewarding thing I’ve experienced. Dogs ask for so little and give so much. Just 10 minutes of our time can mean the world to them.
Is there anything you have learned at BHS that you have carried into your personal experiences or shared with others?
I’m going to split that question. The biggest thing I’ve learned at the shelter is that the behavior you see in the shelter environment is not always who the dog is. They sometimes may seem overly energetic or cautious but it’s because they need a home where they can be comfortable, loved, and stretch their legs. What I carry with me from the shelter into my personal experiences is the absolute happiness these dogs give me. It has changed my life and all of my experiences. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity.
Do you have any animals of your own?
I have a 5-year-old Border Collie Pit mix named Ares who I adopted when he was a puppy, a German Shepherd that’s a year and a half old named Annabelle who I adopted in July, and 4 chickens: Tot, Pansy, Goldy, and Length.