“I remember always wanting to volunteer at an animal shelter, knowing deep in my heart that I wanted to help, but I just never had the courage to do so.” This was an exact quote I found in 2010 while searching back through my old blog archives. I was attempting to pinpoint the exact moment I began volunteering and why.
And these were my words after volunteering for the first time: “There was a joy in my heart that I can’t really explain after I photographed the first round of dogs at Animal Haven and I haven’t looked back since.”
While looking through these old archives, I was reminded how my heart continued to pull me even when I was too scared to face the harsh reality of homeless pets and overpopulation. I was reminded how much I have grown as a person and a photographer and I am thankful.
Why should you volunteer? I don’t know that I can answer that question. Each person is unique and has a very different cause that may be dear to their heart. What I can testify to is this – Do not let your fears overpower you. Do not let doubt and worry stop you from making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering is a completely selfless act that warms your heart like nothing else I can describe. I challenge everyone to look into your heart and listen.
I recently photographed a round of adoptables at the Merriam KS campus of Great Plains SPCA. Please share with your friends by using the social media links at the end of the post. You could be the reason a homeless pet finds their forever family.