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: 8 months
Volunteering role: Kennel-hand
What was it that sparked your interest in volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?
Applying to be a volunteer with Greyhound Rescue was a bit of a happy accident but one I definitely don’t regret! I had been searching for an organisation to volunteer with for quite a while, but I was struggling to find the right place for me. And on top of that, a lot of organisations require you to be free during the week.
I was looking at adopting a dog around the same time, and I kept seeing so many Greyhounds up for adoption. I didn’t really know a whole lot about them but it made me so sad that so many were out there needing forever homes! I started researching and realised I was quite naïve about what they experience in their early lives, and the struggles they face once they move on to their next chapters. I found Greyhound Rescue, loved what they were about, and the rest is history!
What skills have you picked up during your time as a volunteer?
I have learnt so much about working with Greys and about how to apply positive training methods – which applies to any dog breed. My confidence when handling them has grown and continues to do so. It has reminded me of the importance of patience in our fast-paced world and has helped refine my problem-solving skills.
Are there any funny anecdotes or stories that you’d like to share?
Thanks to Greyhound Rescue, I now have my own beautiful boy Stretch! He is absolutely perfect, and I can’t imagine life without him. Stretch was the first Greyhound I walked during my volunteer induction session, so when the time came to adopt and he was still waiting for his forever home, it was really as though it was meant to be.
I can’t stress enough how much volunteering has helped me when it comes to looking after Stretch. From easing his transition from kennel to home and helping him feel more comfortable on walks, to recognising his signals and what he is trying to tell me, that early knowledge of what to expect and the continued support network has been incredible.
How has volunteering improved your life?
Volunteering has completely enriched my life. I get to spend time doing something I’m passionate about – what’s not to love! It’s a great feeling knowing I’m contributing to such a worthwhile cause and helping to give a voice to the voiceless.
It’s also a really nice change to do something physical! When I walk in for my shift, the stress of my day-to-day life just fades away. I sit behind a computer all week, and volunteering is a lovely, enjoyable way to get out, get some exercise and Vitamin D. Greyhound Rescue are really accommodating when it comes to finding shifts that work for you (particularly good if you have a busy schedule but still want to get out and do some good!)
Are you interested in joining our volunteer family? Click HERE to find out how you can help.