Guest post: Helping animals find a good home
A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I signed up to volunteer at a pet adoption together through One Brick. At the last-minute, I was called back to my home state of Minnesota for National Guard duty and was unable to attend. However, he went on without me and had a great time volunteering, and he has kindly shared his experience below. Enjoy!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a dog adoption day with the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). HART is a no-kill animal rescue/support group, incorporated in 1990, that takes in and rehomes stray, abused and unwanted dogs and cats. Whether the animal is a give-up or a stray, HART works with local veterinarians, trainers, foster homes and kennels to provide temporary care for the pet until he/she is placed in a loving, carefully-screened forever home.
Volunteering at an adoption day is an easy way to quickly get involved with HART. Adoption days are generally held every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Northern Virginia PETCOs. Once you arrive at the adoption day, you will be assigned a dog and he/she is your responsibility for the afternoon. I had a great afternoon with the dog I was assigned – Wayne. He is a two-year old pointer mix, very friendly to people and full of energy. Although Wayne was not adopted that afternoon, I was proud to show him off and give him a chance to find a forever home.
Adoption days are not the only way you can help HART. The most important way of course is to adopt a pet. Foster homes also provide an invaluable service to HART as you could provide a temporary home for one of the pets until a permanent home is found. Financially, you can support HART through donations or by shopping online at some of your favorite merchants such as Petco and Amazon.com that donate to HART.
I’m glad to report that the pool of volunteers for HART continues to grow thanks to their increasing visibility in the community.