University of Western Sydney – Student encourages volunteering

University of Western Sydney ran a first person story on their Facebook page about Natalie Wilsdon, a former Greyhound Rescue volunteer and soon-to-be graduate.

I first got involved with the Greyhound Rescue (GR) after attending the Dog Lovers Show in 2016. I came across the GR stall where I got to pat some gorgeous ‘ambassadogs’. After returning home that evening, I gushed to my parents about how beautiful the greyhounds were and mentioned that there was a rescue situated in Western Sydney, not too far from our house. I decided to apply to volunteer, and one Sunday afternoon about a week or two later, I attended my first shift. I went on to volunteer every Sunday until the rescue recently had to move its rented kennels to the Camden area.

During my time at GR, I was studying a Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science). I found that the time I spent at GR helped put the knowledge I had gained from University into real world effect, and in turn, the experience I gained at GR helped further excel my studies. Interacting and communicating with potential new families for the rescued greyhounds provided me with the confidence necessary to research and network within the animal behaviour industry for my Third Year Project.

As a result of the practical experience provided under the units of animal behaviour and physiology, I was well-equipped and confident in my ability to become a Senior Volunteer at GR, enabling me to look after and aid in the treatment of any injured greyhounds.

I urge those thinking about volunteering to give it a go! Being part of GR enabled me to develop the confidence to pursue my passion through my Third Year Research Project, and has provided me with invaluable experience that goes hand in hand with my Bachelor’s Degree.

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