Volunteers of the Month – January/February 2019

We’d like to introduce you to dynamic duo Kelly and Paul, some of our dedicated volunteers who we are recognising as our ‘Volunteers of the Month’ for the months of January and February.

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. Kelly and Paul have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and cooperation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

We had a chat to Kelly and Paul to learn more about why they love volunteering with Greyhound Rescue…

Kelly and Paul

When and how did you first get involved with GR?
About 3 years ago, I saw a picture on Facebook from the pet rescue website about two Greyhounds that had been surrendered to the pound and GR had brought them into the kennels. They were a bonded pair and aged 11 & 12yrs (Wendy & Buddie). We had recently lost one of our Greys to osteosarcoma and I felt that this was just a sign that we should foster them.

Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?
Paul & I have adopted four of our own Greys (2 were foster fails) and we have fostered numerous greys. We currently have Hattie & Wesley as fosters.

What do you find most challenging about GR?
I want to bring home every dog I meet at the kennels! I want them all to have their happy ever after and I want it to be with me. It is also never-ending. Dogs go out to their forever homes and its lovely, but for everyone that leaves, there are four more waiting to come in.

Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?
We are involved with a number of other rescue groups but we support Greyhound Rescue in particular because we feel this is where we can make a huge contribution towards the care and welfare of the Greys in their care.

When your friends or family find out that you volunteer, what do they say or ask?
They ask how we cope with the horrible things we witness.
They ask how we can foster dogs and then watch them leave.
They ask how we deal with the loss (fostering / adopting oldies).
LOTS of questions on what Greys are like as pets and what the process is for adoption.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Do it!!!!!!! Volunteering for the greys is such a rewarding experience. It can be very physically hard graft but the love you get from the Greys is just amazing.  It’s just lovely spending time with the kennel hounds and knowing that you are helping give them the best opportunity of life as a family pet.

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?
We love to travel 🙂

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
Kelly –  As well as Greys I am also obsessed with Wombats. Maybe not such a surprise to some… but I am VERY accident prone!
Paul – is a very keen runner.

If you could use three words to describe greyhounds, what would they be?
Unique. Loving. Easy.

And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why?
100% Atticus. I absolutely love Atti. He is the longest-serving kennel kid and I am just sooooooo hopeful that he will find his special forever home. Watching him run around the sensory garden just lit up my heart.

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