On the weekends NMHPU is at Petsmart with a group of loving dogs and cats looking for new homes and families for these deserving pets. If you've been to Petsmart and seen the dogs and cats there for pet adoption weekends you've probably seen lovely cats and dogs. Often when I'm there people comment that they want to take all the animals home with them; that's how compelling the pets are. The Staff is there to answer questions, educate and oversee the whole event and go over applications for adoptions. But what you don't see is the enormous amount of work that went on before the event that day starting early morning till late in the evening. Some of the adoption pets are living in foster homes; these volunteers live with the shelter dogs and will deliver the animal in their care to the location for the adoption. But some of the dogs are in kennels, they are fed, exercised and gussied up, loaded into the trucks and driven straight to the event. (This is the point where I'm exhausted and the staff is just getting started.) Volunteers show up to help with this pre-adoption routine; if there are not enough volunteers the staff sholders the burden and handles things. Some staff co-ordinates volunteers and some teach volunteers what needs to be done; how to handle the animal and how to answer questions all while watching the pets in the cages to make sure their stress level is kept low. The most impressive thing to me about the Staff is their patience, when you see the pets they inspire compassion, but when you work with the public, homeless pets who need to be watched over, fed, watered, monitored with a third eye while volunteers ask questions and the public looks at the animals! It's the enormous amount of patience is what I'm inspired by. Volunteers like me will take the dogs out for walks one at a time to stretch their legs; relieve themselves on a hydrant and play a bit with the dogs; I personally sing to them since they are the only creatures on the earth who have a taste for my songs. I will clean cages; walk dogs and do anything I'm asked. After a dog I have made friends with gets a home a feeling of huge satisfaction is shared by all. I'm now a believer in the NMHPU moto "Together we can save them all."