Volunteer of the Month: November 2016
Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.
Meet the November Volunteer of the Month, Paige.
How long have you volunteered with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
It will be 5 years in January since I became on official volunteer with the shelter
Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?
I originally started going into the shelter to personally look at dogs to see their size/weight/color etc., all of the traits that that weren’t showing up well in intake photos. I was overwhelmed at the number of large dogs that were homeless.
What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with?
I have many things that I do when I go! I have always taken dogs out for better pictures, so while doing that, I learn their personalities and try to find out a little more about them. Many dogs are very scared, so I spend time earning their trust and letting them know they are safe in this strange place. Many dogs are afraid of all the people walking by their kennels, which led me to giving treats and conditioning them to strange people. Behavior is a passion so I get first hand observation by interacting but also just by watching the dogs. My favorite activity is the one that helps to find them a new home!
What is the strangest animal you have seen at the shelter?
I don’t remember anything I really thought was strange, but the wolf hybrid was pretty cool! I love the coyotes and large birds too.
What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?
I have years of memories that have forever changed who I am. I have met thousands of dogs, taken thousands of pictures and videos and they all are part of me now. I have met and worked side by side with wonderful, caring staff. I’ve made friends with people who are in this same fight to help these animals and educate the public. I have laughed and cried, and many times it’s in the same day. Unlike many of my friends who say they can’t walk into the shelter, I can’t imagine not doing it. I have found my passion. I am their voice!
Do you have any pets at home?
I currently have four large dogs! All black and white females! I have adopted three from my shelter: Joe, Lady and Sassy. All came to me as fosters that never left (aka “foster failures”). I don’t foster any longer because I can help more dogs by actually going to the shelter.
Thanks for working so hard to help so many, Paige!