Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am a part of the adoption event committee; we each run 2-3 adoption events per month over the winter and 2-3 per month during the summer months. It’s a great way to get to know both the adoptable dogs and the fosters who share their homes with them. I also volunteer to run or help out at events whenever I can. Sometimes I’m bribing people to buy raffle tickets, sometimes working the merch table – wherever help is needed. I also love to handle and transport pups. Often there are fosters who want to get their pup to an event but they have a timing conflict so volunteers like me step in to pick up the dog and show them off and then drive them back home. It’s like a doggie date!
Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I started volunteering with Save-a-Bull back in December of 2014.
Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I have adored pit bull type dogs for years and finally decided that my older dog, Melba was just going to have to accept a brother into the family. I found Save-a-Bull online and when I mentioned them in a neighborhood Facebook group, another volunteer happened to live nearby and mentioned what a great organization it was to work with. As I went through the adoption process, I was so impressed by the thoroughness and education resources that they provided, I knew it was a group that I had to be a part of. And it is!
Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Gosh, there have been so many… Once, I had the opportunity to transport a mama and her pups from Southern Minnesota to Anoka. The mama was so thin and terrified and so instinctively protective of her babies it was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. As she grew into her foster family, she flowered into this fun, happy girl who loves life. When she was adopted, I was moved to tears having seen her incredible transformation. Changes like hers are an almost daily occurrence with Save-a-Bull. To see and know people who care about dogs and value education about these dogs in the way this group does, is endlessly rewarding.
Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have two: Irving, my Save-a-Bull baby. He’s a lab/Weimaraner/pittie mix. Although no one believes me when I tell them he has pittie in him. He’s definitely got a pibble personality and tummy (his toots have destructive capabilities) and he has frog legs, but not laying down. He has a frog leg lean. And also, Melba, my 11 year old puppy. She was the strangest looking puppy at the Humane Society, I thought no one would want her. As it happens, she grew into the most gorgeous girl. People stop us on the street to ask what breed she is. I tell them she’s an Immortal Banana Mutt.
Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am in healthcare marketing and I do a lot of freelance copy writing. For fun, I’m usually playing with my dogs and cats (Leroy and Carl), going to concerts, embarrassing my boyfriend or cocktailing with my friends. And always looking for animals to rescue. Animals are the most fun!