Volunteer of the Month: August 2017
Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.
Meet the August Volunteer of the Month, Heidi, Marissa and Sarah Gibides.
How long have you volunteered with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
A little over one year.
Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?
Heidi: My girls and I were looking for something we could do together to help our community.
Marissa: I love dogs and enjoy playing with them.
Sarah: I love playing with animals and want to help out my community.
What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with?
Heidi: I enjoy socializing with the dogs at Pet Smart Alliance, it’s rewarding to see them have fun outside of their cage. Marissa: Playing with the dogs and cats. Sarah: Working adoption events and helping the dogs find homes.
What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?
Heidi: One time I was trying to bathe a dog at the main shelter and he decided he’d had enough of the water. I caught him as he jumped out of the tub and ended up getting soaked…luckily they had an extra shirt for me at the shelter!
Marissa: Taking a quiet, calm dog for a walk that had a lot of energy once he got out of his cage. Sarah: One dog was pulling me on the leash and ran my hand into a fire hydrant.
What is something you have learned from volunteering at the shelter that you wish everyone knew?
Heidi: All the staff and volunteers at the shelter truly love animals. They do their best to care for them and help them find homes. Marissa: Dogs with big barks can be sweethearts. Sarah: Animal shelters are so much better than the commercials make them seem.
What do you do for fun when you’re not volunteering?
Heidi: Cheering for my girls at their sporting events, helping at their schools, and shopping.
Marissa: Running, hiking and hanging out with friends. Sarah: Running cross country/track and playing with my pets, as well as traveling.