I don't have a dog, but I like dogs. Amy Kilgour likes dogs more than about anyone, and as you'll read below, they've brought her much joy and changed her life.
By Amy Kilgour
There’s a saying in the animal rescue community: Once you become an animal rescuer, you lose your mind but you find your soul.
Any animal lover, or person who has lived with a companion animal, knows the emotional and even physical benefits a pet can provide. When I began volunteering with a local dog rescue, I was keenly aware of the love and comfort my dog provides my home, but I wasn’t aware of how much regular volunteering would benefit me.
Anyone who asks about my experiences rescuing dogs will hear from me about how rewarding it is to see the dogs I’ve fostered happy, loved, and thriving in their “furever” homes, but I may hesitate to tell them that I’ve also made many new friends through rescue. Some of these friends are inter-generational friends, and many have very different upbringings, career paths, and beliefs—and that has led me to new perspectives and ways of seeing the world.
Becoming a regular volunteer has also enabled me to develop new skills. Once a month, I lead a volunteering event where a group of hardworking volunteers clean and assemble crates and prepare food, collars, and leashes for the next transport of dogs arriving from shelters in Kentucky to be placed into loving foster homes. Leading this event has thrust me into a leadership role I’m admittedly not always entirely comfortable with, and has enabled me to develop new skills.
Don’t think you have time to volunteer? In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Wharton Professor Cassie Mogilner, citing her research says:
So find something that makes your little corner of the world a better place, no matter what you feel passionate about, or would like to get involved in. If you’d like to get involved with Safe Hands Rescue, we have many volunteer opportunities and are always in need of loving foster homes.
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