I have met some truly wonderful people since we started volunteering with LAARF, both virtually and in the flesh. I am constantly amazed by their willingness to give up their time just in return for the wag of a tail or a purr from a furry friend that has been abandonned to life behind bars in a refuge.
One of our volunteers is on a mission at a refuge near Bergerac. The facilities mean that not many dogs can be walked at any one time, but Sally is there twice a week working to squeeze the maximum numbers of volunteers in and the maximum number of dogs out. Then, when I come online to facebook, there she is, raising the profile of that refuge, their dogs and voluntering generally…and this is what Sally has done in her spare time (you may need to click in to the image to be able to read it!)
At the Angouleme refuge, the facilities are much better. We are lucky to have a really good walking area and a good number of English speaking volunteers. Most of them are friends of Jocelyn, who has been introducing new volunteers there in droves. The dogs now get out and walked far more often than before and I’m not sure Jocelyn ever goes home. She seems to be there each time I go!
The final person to mention today is Emma, who also volunteers at Angouleme and is normally there twice a week. Another lovely lady who is raising awareness of the plight of the refuge dogs, she has been working with Jocelyn this week to get some killer shots of the dogs at the refuge, in preparation for an event next weekend.
Here’s an example of their achievements (the first is the photo previously being used for Arnold, this gorgeous smiley boy.
I’m sure if you asked any of these ladies, and the other volunteers, who turn up week after week, getting dirty and smelly, having their arms practically pulled out of their sockets by over-excited dogs, why they do it, they will say, why wouldn’t I? It really is the best feeling if you are an animal lover. You’re doing a great job girls and boys.