January 8, 2012
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, I wanted to help the animals that were left behind and stranded with no food, sitting on the roofs of houses. I couldn't go to help out at that time, but I knew that I wanted to help animals who couldn't help themselves. I looked online to find out how I could help animals and I found United Animal Nations, now RedRover. The first training that I was able to attend close enough to home was In June of 2010. I have been on 2 deployments of puppy mills rescues. Helping these animals has opened my eyes to the neglect that these poor dogs go through living in terrible conditions and having no social contact with people. Seeing a dog that comes out of it's shell and warms up to you after what it has been through is something that I can't even explain. These dogs learn to trust again. Some of these dogs have never stepped foot on grass. Just knowing that they have a second chance at a loving and caring home and knowing that they will no longer have to live in crates with wires under their feet 24/7, warms my heart. I am so proud to be a RedRover Responder and if there are people out there have a love for animals and want to help, I would recommend becoming a RedRover Responder. It has truly changed my life. Thank you to a wonderful organization that helps bring animals out of crisis!
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes, every dog that I came in contact with had a huge effect on me. Scared and frightened dogs that have no idea who you are or what you are doing slowly showing signs of trust and unconditional love. I have met so many wonderful volunteers who are all there for the same reason, to help animals. I am still in contact with a few of the volunteers that I met on my deployments.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
These experiences that I had on RedRover deployments make me want to go on every deployment that I am asked to go on. I have grown up with animals and I have such a love for them. Being able to help animals that can not help themselves and knowing that they will be living their life in a better place, makes it all worthwhile.
Volunteer & Set up temporary shelter, fed, cleaned and spent one on one time with these wonderful animals.