Volunteer of the Month – December

We’d like to introduce you to Lex, one of our dedicated volunteers who we are recognising as our ‘Volunteer of the Month’ for the month of December.

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands-on on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and cooperation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

We had a chat to Lex to learn more about why she loves volunteering with Greyhound Rescue…

Lex

When and how did you first get involved with GR?
I’ve been a volunteer with Greyhound Rescue since April 2017. I was first introduced to GR after I went to an event at Pet-O and knew that I needed to be a part of it all. I was only planning on being at the event for a short time, but ended up spending about 4 hours there, just patting and cuddling random people’s hounds as they came up to me! I’ve always been a dog-person, but since finding out about greys, I’ve become a crazy greyhound lady!

Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?
I have two greys of my own! My girl Star is white and black and my boy Flash is a black. They’re both 6 years old and I’ve had them for 2 years! And let me just say, they’ve been the best 2 years of my life so far! I am also “second mum” to GR ex-kennel kid, Marshall!

What do you find most challenging about GR?
One of the hardest things I find is seeing the condition the hounds are in when they come in. Some of them are so skinny and so terrified. They look so sad, and I just want to make them all feel better, to feel the love that they deserve. I also find it really hard seeing how long some of the hounds stay at the kennels for. But we never give up on them, and we know there’s the perfect home out there for each and every one of them!

Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?
Aside from my extraordinary love for the hounds, I volunteer for GR because there are just SO many hounds that need to be saved. Greyhound Rescue runs purely on donations from our wonderful supporters and volunteers. We’re not associated with the racing industry and we’re a no-kill shelter. Greyhounds are overbred and overexploited and people need to know how beautiful these creatures are. I am determined to spread the houndie love, and show to everyone what wonderful pets they are! I am so proud to be a GR volunteer!

When your friends or family find out that you volunteer, what do they say or ask?
They’re not surprised! They usually ask what being a volunteer involves and ask how good it is to get to play with so many dogs! I then go into my spiel about how awesome greyhounds are, and what “greyt” companions they make! Then they “ooh” and “aah” over all the cute hound pictures I show them! Then they’re probably sorry they asked, because I can talk about hounds from daylight til dark!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Doooooo iiiiiit!!!! There is nothing better than arriving at the kennels in the morning to a bunch of little faces who are so happy to see you that they can barely contain it! Even though they can’t talk, you can tell how thankful they are that you’re there with them, loving them, feeding them, playing with them and even picking up after them. If you’re ever having a bad day, a cuddle with a pointy friend always helps! All our volunteers are wonderful people, who do it all for the hounds, so not only do you gain furry friends, but you gain a group of awesome hound-loving friends too!

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?
If I’m not at the kennels or at work, I’m studying Emergency Management at uni or I’m with my own two hounds! But if I’m not studying, I’m making snoods! I started up “Snoods for Snoots” to raise money for GR (you can follow the link on the GR website to our Facebook page if you’d like to buy one!) by custom-making crochet neckwear for hounds!

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a pole dancer! (No, that does not mean I’m a stripper) I’ve always loved dancing, and it’s a great way to stay fit and have fun!

If you could use three words to describe greyhounds, what would they be?
Lazy, loving and goofy (just like me!)

And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why?
How can I just pick one?! I love all of them!! But I’d have to say Bella. I’ve got a particular soft spot for the Friesian Moo-Moos! She’s so little and timid and she reminds me of my girl Star.

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