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: Mid Coast, NSW
Volunteer with Greyhound Rescue for: 5+ years
Volunteering role: Kennel-hand, conducting home visits with potential adopters
What was it that sparked your interest in volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?
I was fostering a greyhound and had been donating items to Greyhound Rescue for some time when I read a publication asking if people were interested in visiting the kennels to walk the greyhounds in care. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know greyhounds better as a breed. I fell in love with all greys and the rest is history!
How long have you been volunteering and what shifts/role do you do?
I’ve been volunteering with Greyhound Rescue for many years. In the early years I did kennel shifts at Riverstone, Rouse Hill and Leppington. Following a permanent move to the Mid Coast, I attend the kennels when I can, but I primarily support the greys with donations from fundraising, assisting with markets stalls and conducting home visits in my area for potential adopters.
What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a grey, who has been in care and has known nothing of the outside world, go off to live in a loving family environment. Volunteering gives me such a sense of worth. Every adoption is an achievement and acknowledgement of a job well done in caring for a breed that is only now slowly being recognised as “man’s best friend”.
Why would you recommend volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?
I’d recommend volunteering with Greyhound Rescue because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a grey, who has been in care and has known nothing of the outside world, go off to live in a loving family environment.
I’ve also gained so much knowledge and experience that I never thought I’d get. I have learned best-practice skills in handling, feeding and caring for greyhounds, including managing a range of health issues. Witnessing and being part of the procedures at a well-organised rescue has also been a priceless experience. Greyhound Rescue is run on the sheer determination of its committed volunteers.
I can only wish Greyhound Rescue every success for many, many years to come. Without Greyhound Rescue, a lot of greys wouldn’t be here today enjoying a normal doggie life.
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