Recently I put a thingy on our Facebook page that said something to the effect that volunteers don’t get paid because they are priceless, not worthless. As I was going about my business at the shelter today I looked around and realized exactly what that meant.
It is spring break for our kids here and two of the boys who chose to donate their off time to us and spend it with our orphans were crushing cans so we can recycle and make some ‘critter money’. LD and Austin, you know I am talking about you. I know I come across as rude and crude sometimes but don’t think for one minute that I don’t respect and appreciate what you are doing. Our girl who chose to spend her time likewise, was in the cattery loving and brushing and talking to the kitties. Sharla, you are the cat’s meow. We had a school teacher sweeping floors after walking dogs and spending quality time with our newest and very scared kitty Jewel. Amy spends whatever time she can spare with us and we love her. I looked out into the yard are and there is the vet assistant, Amanda, scooping poop. Amanda works with us five days a week and is amazing with anything to do with animals. Jane is our power walker and you can see her zipping around our walking path giving the guys and girls a work-out. Ms. Debbie is there six days a week most weeks. She does some of everything and is indispensable. Thank you Debbie.
I know there are a dozen or more volunteer heroes (they are heroes to me and the orphans) that I haven’t mentioned. Debbie C. has a full-time job but comes Sunday early to help me clean before going to church. My night folks, Chris and Paula and sometimes Debbie---they take a load off when I don’t have to do bed check. The other girls who come on weekends when they can get here. Ashley, Jordan, Hannah, Hannah, oh shoot -- I know I can’t remember them all.
Not only do they donate their time, but more often than not they also donate supplies and treat etc. WOW is all I can say.
I just had to put my feelings about them out there. Our villagers are an amazing bunch of folks and I don’t know how to tell them how much we all, four and two-legged, appreciate them. I have to mention Jane W, who lives out of town now, but still spends one week a month with us. -----You are all what makes this place rock and I am humbled.