I’m fairly certain that on Sunday, March 27, 2022 I used to be saved; that is the day I met Fortunate Canine Animal Rescue. I needed to make pals and love animals so I believed, “Why not go spend the day with a canine and assist them discover their ceaselessly dwelling?”. Colita was my first, however removed from my final. My journey has taken some turns that I by no means anticipated, and all the time take pleasure in. Throughout that first occasion on the Silver Spring PetSmart with Colita I noticed that that is one thing I needed to be part of. I additionally questioned, “How do they get all of the items to run collectively so easily?”… I MUST discover out. This query was the beginning of my Fortunate Canine journey.
Over the following month or so, I began volunteering increasingly more and located myself at an occasion the place I obtained the braveness to ask the one that seemed to be operating the occasion how every thing labored. This individual was Julie Brooks; whereas operating from side to side at a Saturday occasion she shared a few of the historical past with me and invited me to return again to the Sunday occasion and shadow the Occasion Coordinator. This was a watch opener– there’s a lot that goes into the occasions the day of and I obtained to expertise all of it. I had a lot enjoyable operating from the pet space to the contracts space and again serving to to make sure everybody had every thing they wanted. I even stayed and helped to pack the van (I consider the packing workforce has entry to a 4th dimension.) There is no such thing as a manner the quantity of stuff piled excessive exterior the van ought to match inside it.
By way of volunteering, I’ve had the chance to satisfy among the most superb workers and volunteers. I’m so glad to now name them pals. This was precisely what I wanted: A neighborhood to name my very own.
The subsequent cease in my journey was “pet protector”. This job was a lot fun– not solely since you get to hold with the puppies, however you additionally get to inform folks what to do. HA! Now that is what I name a job. I obtained so excited with my job as pet protector that I even discovered spray bottles to mist them within the warmth and hold them cool throughout these oh-so scorching and humid occasions.
As a lot enjoyable as I used to be having with the puppies, I knew there was a lot extra for me to find on the earth of Fortunate Canine, so my journey continued on to the contracts desk. How a lot enjoyable can contracts be? Nicely, a TON is my reply. This volunteer spot is difficult however oh-so rewarding. We get the privilege of telling each Fortunate Canine adopter “Congratulations in your new canine/cat/pet/kitten”. How cool is that?!? The enjoyment that this place offers is bewildering, however I needed extra, so I volunteered to assist with transport.
A transport is the place Fortunate Canine brings up 90+ animals on a van from the South Carolina shelter and will get them located into foster properties within the DMV till they’re adopted. At transport, I get to carry kittens and puppies for footage. Meet all of the fabulous canine arriving whereas becoming them with their very personal Fortunate Canine bling (within the type of a martingale collar). I even get to wash up poop and break down crates (that is WAY extra enjoyable than you assume).
Assembly all these superb animals wasn’t sufficient for me on my journey, so I made a decision it was time to foster. Yep that right– I’d take one or two of those guys and have them stay with me and my canine. It was so exciting– the primary 3 times the cats that I fostered discovered their ceaselessly dwelling on the very subsequent occasion.
My Fortunate Canine journey is way from full. I’ve a listing of positions but to find. So many Fortunate Canines and Cats and an abundance of pals to satisfy. Fortunate Canine had given me a lot. I really like that I can provide again.