HI! MY NAME IS Adam O. I am a writer living in Minneapolis, MN. I am an average person, driven by a goal to always keep improving so that I LEAVE the world a LITTLE better than when i found iT.

Guest post: Part of one's soul awakes

Amy K and friendly foster friend, Apollo--whom she found a home for!

Amy K and friendly foster friend, Apollo--whom she found a home for!

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.  
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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:

The results show that giving your time to others can make you feel more ‘time affluent’ and less time-constrained than wasting your time, spending it on yourself, or even getting a windfall of free time.

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.

Take a small step to do good and Make a pledge.

An Amy rescue who was really good at listening! 

An Amy rescue who was really good at listening! 

Mural from a southside Minneapolis animal hospital, with the quote: "Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."  Fun fact: Did you know that Donald Trump is the first president in 150 years not to have a pet? This is because he is incapable of love!  

Mural from a southside Minneapolis animal hospital, with the quote: "Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." 

Fun fact: Did you know that Donald Trump is the first president in 150 years not to have a pet? This is because he is incapable of love!
 

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