Q: How long have you been volunteering and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull?
I have been volunteering with SAB since February of 2016. We began fostering after the rescue posted a need for fosters for the Lion King Litter. We thought that fostering would be fun for us, and our two resident dogs. Little did I know how much fostering would capture my heart and increase my desire to dive into volunteering.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
I think that volunteering is important because it forces you to look at things from different perspectives. Helping others, animals included, opens you up to new experiences and can often push you outside of your comfort zone. It can also bring you together with people that you otherwise would have never met. Rescue has given me many new friends, a sense of purpose outside of my career and family, and has brought many cute dogs across my path.
Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
Rafiki from the Lion King Litter was our first foster pup. We continued to foster as we found joy and meaning in it. As more opportunities were presented in rescue, I continued to dive in. I started by joining the Adoption Event team, assisting with running and coordinating adoption events. Then the Intake team was looking to add more individuals, so I started doing Intake for SAB in December of 2017. Intake involves the coordination of bringing dogs into our rescue. Dogs are brought into rescue through a few different avenues: pulling dogs from local shelters after their stray hold is up, having dogs surrendered directly to our rescue from local families that can no longer care for them, and pulling dogs from out of state partners. I also sit on the Board of Directors.
Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
I think that fostering is the most rewarding experience. It is incredibly special to bring a dog into your home, build a relationship with them, see them grow (and sometimes heal), and then unite them with a family that will love and cherish them for the rest of their life.
Q: If you had the opportunity to be involved in other parts of rescue, what would they be?
I would be interested to experience and/or learn more community outreach. I think it would be interesting to see the ins and outs of how SAB is helping others in the community.
Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I’m a nurse. I work for Allina providing home care services. For fun I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and our 3 dogs – Griffin, Murdock, and Storm. I love spending time outside: lounging in the backyard, going on walks, yard work, BBQs and bonfires with friends, etc. My husband and I enjoy games: board games, card games, and video games. Our house was a real fixer upper when we bought it, and we continue to work on projects as we have time – projects never seem to end when you own a home! My husband is in school full time right now, in addition to his full time work, so I have enjoyed having rescue work, friends, and events to keep me busy!
Thank you to Kim, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek