Volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at Greyhound Rescue. Explore the stories of some of our volunteers and find out what it’s like being part of our volunteer family.
Lives: Sydney, NSW
Volunteer with Greyhound Rescue for: 1+ years
Volunteering role: Kennel-hand
What was it that sparked your interest in volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?
I still remember it. I saw a photo of a Greyhound Rescue kennel kid – Keith – on Facebook. I’ve always had a soft spot for greyhounds but never had any involvement or known much about them beside greyhound racing. When I clicked through and read more about Greyhound Rescue, I just knew that I wanted to keep learning, get involved and help greyhounds find safe, forever homes.
How long have you been volunteering and what role do you do?
I have been volunteering for over a year now. I help in the morning midday or afternoon shifts which involve cleaning kennels, walking, feeding, and spending fun times with the hounds.
What skills have you picked up during your time as a volunteer?
I have learnt so much about greyhounds – how to approach them, walk them and give them the space they need to feel safe. All of these things are unique and influenced by their history and what each individual dog has been through.
Why would you recommend volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?
I think much more awareness is needed for greyhounds. Not many people are aware what beautiful pets they make. The perception that greys bite and are not sociable due to the racing industry and muzzling is so misleading and untrue. Volunteering with Greyhound Rescue will help more people learn about greyhounds, spread the awareness and help these hounds to find happy lives in loving forever homes.
What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
When I volunteer, it’s my time. It’s time away from my everyday routine, and I’m doing something that I love and enjoy. It’s lovely walking into the kennels and having all the greyhounds waiting to welcome you with love, excitement and joy every single time – the appreciation you receive back from the hounds is just amazing.
Greyhound Rescue relies on a predominantly volunteer-run workforce. If you’re thinking of signing up to join the ‘greytest’ group of people you’ll ever meet, click here to find out more.