Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.
Meet the October Volunteer of the Month, Alexandra Graziose.
How long have you volunteered with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
Been volunteering at the shelter since November 2018.
What qualities make a good volunteer?
I wish I could say there was a certain recipe for a great volunteer, but there isn’t. Everyone who has the time to put forth the effort is truly appreciated.
What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
What I’ve enjoyed volunteering with Forth Worth Animal Shelter is how organized and diligent the staff have been, and of course the animals. Being able to have one-on-one time has been amazing.
Why did you decide to start volunteering with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter?
One day I realized that the path I had chosen was not that of the person I had always to become, so I decided to start making a difference in the lives of those who cannot do for themselves.
What is the best thing that happened to you in August?
The best thing that’s happened was being able to assist with “Camp Henry.” I enjoyed being able to interact with young adults, educate them on how to become a volunteer and learn how to nurture animals in a productive way.
What are the social benefits of volunteering?
Learning how a grassroots approach is very successful and not only connecting individuals of like mind; while also attracting a very diverse community.
What is the strangest animal you’ve seen at the shelter?
CHICKENS! I had no idea people adopted chickens. I always thought it was just cats and dogs but being able to volunteer I’ve learned there’s all kinds of wild life at the shelter.
What advice would you give to volunteers who have just started out?
Keep coming! Like everything in life there’s ups and downs, but your contribution of time being short or long is not only appreciated by the community but most of all the animals.
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