Meet Puppy Duty Volunteer Sally Crouse

Meet Puppy Duty Volunteer Sally Crouse

Posted by Alison Lewis, Category: ORHS News, Volunteers,
Tell us about your involvement with animals. How many and what kind of pets do you have? Have you been involved in other animal organizations?
As far as involvement with animals, I have always had a dog since I was a child--a beagle, Basset hound, Skye terrier, another Basset along with a cat, a Cocker spaniel/Golden mix we picked up in Texas neighborhood and here in Georgia a black dog named Rufus--probably a mix of lab and who knows what else. All rescue dogs and a cat. As for volunteering with other animal shelters ORHS is my first one.
What kind of volunteer work you do for ORHS? How long have you been working as a volunteer with ORHS?
I’ve been at ORHS about five years and my usual time set aside for working is the Monday morning 8:00 a.m. shift. By the time I arrive my volunteer partner usually has the doggies fed. Then I will walk some of the big dogs as sometimes they can’t be out in yard together and they enjoy a walk. Then it’s time to start cleaning. Picking up poop, washing all bedding, mopping floors, disinfecting and washing again. Keep laundry cycling through, wash dog dishes and make up new beds. Then—play with puppies! If I have extra time I’ll try to sign up for another day. We did foster two puppies a few years back and our king of the castle, Rufus, was not amused. My husband has helped out, but with my Monday schedule he isn’t able to come as much (golf day, need I say more). I’ve also worked on the tag sale fundraisers we had in the past four years. It's lots of fun working with all the volunteers!
What are some of the most rewarding things you have gained from working with ORHS? What has been the most surprising thing you have experienced as a volunteer?
What's better than starting your week cuddling puppies or playing with the big guys? You just have to smile when you’re holding puppies! My surprise was learning how many dogs and cats are cycled through ORHS every year. Hundreds! The organization's ability to get these animals adopted out is phenomenal!
What advice would you give to anyone considering being a volunteer with ORHS?
I often hear, “Oh, I couldn’t work there. I’d want to take them all home or I’d be too sad.”  Well, it's pretty much a happy place. Yes, they come in a little worse for wear, but by the time they leave they are happy and healthy and they find a good home. If you feel you must take one home, foster one or two. I find that I can enjoy them while I’m there and be assured that the next shift is coming in a few hours after me and they will get attention all over again. It’s a great way to spend volunteer time and you’re always appreciated! So volunteer! We need you. If everyone only covers one shift like me we need 35 regular volunteers a week! Then we need extra to cover vacationing people. That’s a lot of volunteers. Right now we have many people who come in several times a week and bless them, but we don’t want them to get burned out. Or check out all the other opportunities there are that don’t involve picking up poop! Office work, fund raising, adoptions and many more. And you don’t have to dress up—dogs and cats don’t care!