|Andrew and Talledega|
It all started over Christmas break when Andrew was able to stay with us for a few extra days. I was helping out at the Zona Rosa location, transporting dogs in the morning from the boarding facility to the adoption facility. The kid didn't even blink when I told him we had to wake up at 7am to get started. It was his week to sleep in and he didn't mind at all. He was all about it. We bundled up in our coats and gloves and everyday he was with me to help out at Zona. I was pretty amazed at how he jumped right in. He wasn't scared of any of the dogs. He knew exactly how to approach them; he didn't rush in or overwhelm the dogs. Andrew would run with me and the dog to help stretch their legs. If I needed anything he was there to help. He would water the dogs for us, grab treats or poop bags, he was our kid tester to see how the doggies did with him. I have to say it was pretty awesome.
|Transporting to Zona!|
He has been a huge help when he volunteers with me. He has helped me with transporting dogs from the shelter to Zona. He has made cameo's in videos with some of the dogs. He is someone that appreciates what we all do for the dogs and wants to help too. It is really hard for people to understand how and why I volunteer at the animal shelter, but Andrew just gets it. He asks the questions I ask everyday - how can someone surrender their pet after 8 yrs? Why would someone crop that dogs ears or pull out its teeth? I only wish every kid, parent, adult understood what it means to be a pet owner like Andrew does.
|He loves the small dogs too!|
I know KCPP has had groups of girl scouts and boy scouts come to the shelter to help out. I think it is a great way to get kids involved and help create awareness about shelter pets and how wonderful they are. Please consider bring your kids to volunteer or get a group together. The earlier we can start with these kids the better it will be for them and our shelter pets!