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December 2018

Peggy Slater

Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.

Meet the December Volunteer of the Month, Peggy Slater.

How long have you been volunteering with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?

I have been volunteering with FWACC since April 2018.

What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with and why?

My absolute favorite volunteer activity is the ‘Mobile Adoptions’. My first big one was in the spring at the Hulen PetSmart. Omg it was and still is such an amazing thing to bring a person and/or family together with one or 2 of our dogs.

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with the animal shelter?

I love getting to know the dogs and when a family comes by, I ask all kinds of questions. I then can usually pick one or two that I think will be perfect for them. The feeling is indescribable when they adopt one and you see the excitement of the dog when they put him in their car. What I’ve enjoyed most is learning so much about all the different kinds of dogs. They have so much to teach us humans, if we take the time to listen. They are so amazing and loving and forgiving. The reasons they’re all here vary and the stress levels at the shelter can be very high but vast majority of these sweet babies just want to love and be loved.

What advice would you give to new volunteers who have just started out?

What’s your passion? Then talk to myself, another volunteer or any staff and ask them what you can do that involves that passion. If you love cats/kittens then find out what you can do with them. If you like people and dogs then find out how to be an Adoption ambassador. Be flexible and willing to get dirty, stinky and lend a hand where needed. Bottom line, the pets NEED you and so do we.

As lead volunteer, how do you engage with different volunteers?

As lead I try to take newbies (especially if they’re young and have never volunteered at a shelter) and do things together with them. This place can be overwhelming, emotionally and physically, and can feel like what we do doesn’t make a difference. I remind them that every minute they are here makes a difference.

What do I do for fun?

Volunteer at FWACC- who knew?! I love the rodeos, outdoor concerts, taking my granddaughter to the zoo, and RVing with my family which consists of my daughter, granddaughter and 5 doggies. We did a 5 week RV trip across several states one year ago. WOW!!! What an amazing journey.