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September 2019

Alanna Mussawwir-Bias

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

Meet the September Volunteer of the Month, Alanna Mussawwir-Bias.

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

Since April 2018.

What qualities make a good volunteer?

Patience with animals and a willingness to help where needed the most by the staff.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter?

I started volunteering with my high school daughter. She loves animals and veterinary medicine. I offered to be her parent volunteer since she was not 16 when she started volunteering at the shelter.

What are the social benefits of volunteering?

I love meeting other volunteers and getting to know the staff at the main shelter. I also love encouraging my Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to volunteer for service hours and the joy of the pets.

What is something you have learned from volunteering at the shelter that you wish everyone knew?

I learned that so many of the dogs that are long-timers need quality time outside of the kennel. I recently learned that dogs are allowed day trips with volunteers willing to be an ambassador for the pets by taking them out for the day and taking the pet on your regular routine. This gets the dogs out of the kennel and maybe even some face time to meet someone willing to adopt. A forever home could be that much closer if we offer the pets more options for exposure.

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

Tour the shelter, ask lots of questions, find a place where you feel comfortable helping, make volunteering a regular part of your schedule (or fit it in when you can) and have fun.

What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?

I have two: laundry duty over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays 2018, and volunteering for Camp Henry the last two summers.