Volunteer of the Month

Janet Song

1. When did you start volunteering at the shelter?

I think it was in 2017.

2. What’s your favorite part of volunteering?

Interacting with all the loving dogs and cats!

3. If you could give one piece of advice about volunteering, what would it be?

Everyone can help in some way. Even if it’s talking to one animal for five minutes or organizing a shelf. The most important thing is just to get your butt here and do anything and have fun with it!

4. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?

Because the human world does not invest enough in helping these most helpless creatures. They deserve and need our help and so few of use are inclined to help them, while so many of us put them in these situations.

5. Any special stories you'd like to share?

So many stories to think about! One that stands out to me is Lily because it shows how sometimes it takes a village to get an animal “home”. Lily came in with her son Diesel and they were both in the shelter for a really long time. Diesel eventually was adopted by a wonderful man put poor Lily continues to wait, unnoticed and not adopted. She was at the shelter for over 1000 days. Then a woman who spent part of her year on the coast, began fostering Lily part time, so Lily would get brief luxury breaks in a good home. Not too long after that, Lily finally found a permanent home of her own. She was so patient and sweet, and if it wasn’t for the shelter staff and volunteers caring for her, and her temporary foster breaks, I think she might have lost hope. But it was a happy ending and made me realize that help can come from unexpected places and people.