Volunteer of the Month: March 2018
Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.
Meet the March Volunteer of the Month, Emily Freimuth.
How long have you volunteered with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
I’ve been a volunteer since October of 2015, so for about 3 1/2 years.
Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?
I’ve always loved animals, especially dogs, and I really wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter. Since shelters usually want their volunteers to be at least 13 and I was not yet 13 I had been waiting until I turned old enough. I received a flyer in the mail about the shelter seeking volunteers around the time of my 13th birthday and decided to sign up!
What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with?
I love playing with the cats and walking the dogs because you get to see their personality and then tell potential adopters about how sweet and playful they are. It’s a good feeling when you know that you are giving the animals a little extra love during the day and maybe even being part of the reason they get adopted. Of course just getting to play with the dogs and cats is super fun on its own!
What is the strangest animal you’ve seen at the shelter?
I remember seeing some unique looking chickens being brought in to the main shelter one day, but usually I just hear about the strange animals that get brought in sometimes.
What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?
My fondest memory is when I was at a PetSmart mobile adoption event and was walking a super sweet Pitbull mix. After I talked with a couple and their two kids, they fell in love with him and thought he would make a great addition to their family and they ended up adopting him!
Do you have any pets at home?
Yes, I have a 12 year old maltipoo named Daisy who I love to death and probably take too many pictures of because she’s very cute.
What advice would you give to volunteers who have just started out?
To volunteer whenever you can, especially at mobile adoption events because those are very fun and a great opportunity to be directly involved in helping a dog get adopted. Also to just enjoy the time you spend with the animals because it’s a really fun experience to get to know these dogs and cats and see them find their forever homes!