Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April's Volunteer(s) of the Month!


Nancy, Addie & Matt(not pictured)

When we’re not volunteering at the shelter …

I am an advocate for the wind energy industry. My daughter, Addie, attends 6th grade at King Middle School where she plays flute in the band, and her twin brother, Matt, has just started at Montessori Family School. Now that we are BACS volunteers, and mentoring new volunteers too, I have little time to garden any more, but Addie still finds plenty of time to read books and Matt likes anything to do with cars. For summer vacation, we usually go river rafting in Utah, and go for day trips on the American River.

We initially volunteered at BACS because …

Addie has inherited my advocacy (a.k.a. badgering) skills and, last summer, insisted that we follow in her friend Faye’s footsteps and go through the volunteer process. She really wanted to spend time with the doggies because our lives are too crazy to have a dog at home. I wanted to spend more time with Addie and Matt – and get some exercise and fresh air to boot, so it has worked out very nicely!

Our favorite thing about volunteering is …

We really love the BACS community – the people as well as the dogs! The dedication of staff and volunteers is inspiring, and it’s fun to get to know everyone. We really feel at home at BACS :). As for the dogs, we like to focus on one or two to really get to know them. We try to spend lots of quality time with them to ward off kennel craziness and make them more adoptable. Matt likes to play with the puppies and little dogs in their kennel. It feels great when the dogs find a home. In two cases (Lyle and Little), we’ve become their care-givers when their new family goes out of town. I feel great about overcoming my pit bull prejudices!

Our favorite dog at the moment is …


Sadie, who we have recently gotten to know. She’s bordering on kennel crazy, but she really calms down after some quality time out. She has a lot of personality and we think she’s got a lot of potential. Ditto for Albert – such a handsome boy! And then there’s Teddy, such a goofball – and unfailingly happy. All of them, of course, really need good homes and it will be a happy day when they get them!

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Awesome! You guys sound like a wonderful family. Thanks for helping out the shelter and the dogs.

Rob said...

Congratulations! It's great to see such dedicated volunteers. (And I think that is Faye on the left in the photo?)

Addie said...

Yeah, Faye is on the left, she is the one who inspired us to volunteer at the animal shelter :) (thanks, Faye!!!)