How did you get started volunteering at League City Pets Alive?
I came to the shelter for a training session about a year ago and I was immediately hooked. I volunteer about four to five days a week and spend anywhere from 10 to 40 hours a week at the shelter. I also help out with the PetSmart and Petco adoptions on the weekends when I can. My main responsibility is to help the shelter dogs get as much time outside as possible for exercise and playtime. I try to physically and mentally stimulate them as much as possible throughout the day every day to make them more adoptable. We also practice obedience and manners to help better prepare them for adoption.
What is your favorite part about being a volunteer?
One of the most rewarding feelings is seeing a long-term animal finally get adopted into a loving home. It melts my heart seeing a dog that has been at League City Pets Alive for months or even a year, finally leave and be a part of someone’s home. My favorite volunteer duty is the “Dogs Play for Life” program. It is a playtime activity that allows them to run around and play with toys, play with each other, jump in pools, and just get them the mental and physical stimulation they need. When a dog is in a kennel, they are not their true selves. “Dogs Play for Life” allows us to get a better understanding of each individual animal, their true personality, and what type of forever home or owner they need.
You also foster animals as well?
I used to foster animals when I lived in Corpus Christi, so it just made sense for me to foster as well for League City Pets Alive. I already have two dogs and a cat, so fostering provides me a way of having more animals in my life. It is just a joy fostering a dog or puppy and knowing that when you do have to say goodbye that they are going to a good home with their own space to love their new family. Being a foster fail, which means you end up adopting the animal you were fostering, is okay too. It gives you a chance to see if that animal is a good fit for your home and your lifestyle.
How would you describe League City?
This is my special place.
What is your favorite place in League City?
Stone Cold Meat Market.
What do you do in your free time?
I spend most of my free time at League City Pets Alive. My daughter is in high school, so I do attend her sporting events and other activities during the rest of my free time.
What do you dream to accomplish in League City?
To clear the shelters. Getting all the animals adopted and informing people of League City Pets Alive.