volunteer portraits of love, healing and survival.
"I've been volunteering for ten years. I come in everyday after work, and all day on the weekends. I want to make sure the dogs who need a blanket or just need someone to sit in their kennel with them have that kind of support. I believe that's our job as volunteers. "
"Hilda came in as a stray in February. She's just an easygoing girl, though I don't think she's had any potential adopters yet. She's a rockstar in the playgroups, but she's a big black Pit Bull and that scares people."
"Volunteering is relaxing. There's a lot of other stuff I could be doing with my time, but this is really positive. At the end of the day, I feel like I've done something — I got so many dogs homes."
"Miller's the first dog that I ever walked. He was very easy and that's what made me keep coming back. These dogs are happy here, this is their home and I think that speaks volumes about how adaptable and loving they are. They are just so willing to respond to love."
"I volunteer because I really like dogs — they're just so adorable. I like to take care of them. It makes me feel like I'm a hero to the dogs because I'm helping them. They're just beautiful to me. Being with them is just a beautiful thing to me."
"Volunteering is my way of giving back some of the unconditional love my dogs gave me growing up. I volunteer to bring joy to the world, one senior dog at a time, encouraging and reassuring them that they are safe, loved, and that there's warmth and goodness left in the world, just for them."
rachel + alisha
"I know that if we're doing something like helping with the laundry or taking the dogs for walks, it frees up the staff to actually do something that's useful — like work with a dog that's struggling. If we can take some of the burden of of them, then everybody is working together and we're part of the team."
"This dog's sort of stolen my heart. It's going to be hard to see him move on, but I know he's going to land well. So, while it's hard, it's just what we do. We take them for a while, make sure they're healthy, and then move them on."
"These animals bring out the best in us, and they ask us to be ourselves. We get to shed some of our masks and simply be with them. They don't judge us, they ask us to be playful, they ask us to be compassionate. That makes us better people, better humans."
"When you foster, you really feel like you're doing something, like you're giving back. Fostering these dogs helps my girls learn how to love. They learn that even if something seems broken, it still deserves a chance."