I have always loved animals, even when I was a little girl. In fact, I used to want to be a veterinarian. For years, I would tell everyone that’s what I was going to be when I was a grown-up. This all changed after realizing that being a veterinarian isn’t all pets and cuddles with animals. After realizing this, I decided not to be a veterinarian. Although I chose not to be a veterinarian, I still love all animals and want to help as many as I can, when I can.
My Usual Volunteer Role
For a few years now, I have been a volunteer with a local animal rescue, Secondhand Hounds. They have an office but rely on volunteers and fosters for the well-being of their animals. All animals go to foster homes where they get additional training and accustomed to home life before finding their forever homes. One the steps to adopt, or even become a foster home, is to complete a home visit. This is where I come in. Whenever I can, I go to different people’s homes to check them out to ensure it’s a safe environment for the animals. I also am there to answer any additional questions they may have about Secondhand Hounds or being a foster.
Secondhand Hounds Gala
Every year, Secondhand Hounds hosts a Gala. This Gala is not only to thank their contributors but to also raise more money for the rescue. They offer the following for both guests, volunteers, and workers to enjoy.
- Silent Auction
- Live Auction
- Beverage Bar
- Live Music
When I originally signed up as a volunteer, there weren’t many spots left. I ended up signing up to help with the auction check-out at the end of the night. This role was to help gather items that the guests won during the auctions after verifying their information. Before my shift started, I decided to wander around, enjoy the food, and of course, people watch. It was great seeing so many people there to help and support Secondhand Hounds. There were a lot of great items up for auction.
- Limited edition of Prince umbrella
- Trips to France, Ireland, etc.
- Pet beds and toys
- Gift cards/certificates
Volunteering as a Live Auction Bid Spotter
Not long before the live auction started, I was pulled aside by one of the event coordinators. Turned out they were short volunteers for bid spotters. Never in my life would I have signed up for that. After all, it involved running around, waving a white towel around, and convincing people to bid higher. None of which I am comfortable with. At all. it was for the animals, right? I ended up getting roped into this volunteer role.
Was it super awkward at first? Of course! Did it get my adrenaline going and end up being fun? You bet! It was awesome not only seeing but also being involved in the bidding wars!
Advantages of Being a Volunteer
After being on my feet for 4 hours, I was exhausted! Although it was exhausting work. I did get to bring home two bouquets of flowers and had a cupcake as my reward! I love both flowers and sweets so they were perfect rewards for me! Plus here are the other advantages of being a volunteer.
- Leftover flower bouquets
- Staying active by being on your feet
- Helping an animal rescue
- It’s for the dogs/puppies/kitties!
- Puppy cuddles!
- Warm feeling inside after an evening’s work