Meet our Volunteers – Belinda

Feb 6, 2024 | Volunteer Stories

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.

Name: Belinda

Volunteer with Greyhound Rescue for: 2 Years

Volunteering role: Kennel Hand

What was it that sparked your interest in volunteering with Greyhound Rescue?

I’d originally made contact with Greyhound Rescue after my heart dog Lucky passed away. I was interested in adopting a greyhound, as I saw them as having similar issues to adjusting to pet life as what I’d had with Lucky (an ex-research dog). Then I decided it wasn’t the right time, but that volunteering would be a great fit. I had just retired and was looking to give back, doing something that meant alot to me. 

How long have you been volunteering and what shifts/role do you do?

I have been volunteering for 2 years, and I do the morning shift at Greysland twice a week. I’m one of the buddies for new people to learn the kennel shift, and I do the sewing repairs for the ripped up toys, mattress covers and hound coats. I also team up and do local excursions with hounds, as the final step before they’re ready for a new home. I sometimes assist with corporate days, which is when a company will have their employees come and spend time with us. I also occasionally assist with the pickup/transport of new hounds to us, and vet trips. 

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?

Knowing that I’m making a difference to every greyhound that I clean a kennel for, walk, transport, and engage with. Watching them experience human kindness and accepting it – it takes longer for some; it’s extremely rewarding to me. Every greyhound that comes to us, is so well cared for and loved, and I’m extremely proud of what we do. 

How has volunteering improved your life?

I came to Greyhound Rescue with a big hole in my heart after losing my boy. Spending time with the greyhounds and knowing I’m making my little bit of difference, along with everyone else, has helped me so much. I’ve also been able to improve my fitness without even realising it. Volunteering has given me a real purpose, and I’ve made some very special friends, that has evolved into a social circle that I’ve never ever had. 

What would you say to someone thinking about applying to volunteer?

Don’t keep thinking about it, just do it. I waited six months untill I finally got the courage to do my first shift. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful, there’s no reason to wait. There are so many aspects to what we do, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy doing. Seeing a greyhound you’ve got to know find their people, and go into pet life – that’s the ultimate reward for us all. 

What skills have you picked up during your time as a volunteer?

I’ve learnt so much about how to read greyhound body language and what they’re telling us, we just have to pay attention to the signs. I have also become more confident in myself, from interacting with other volunteers and with the corporate day teams that come to visit us. 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

My boy Lucky led me to Greyhound Rescue. For me, it will forever be his legacy that I volunteer here, and do my bit –  one greyhound at a time. 

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