Each month, the Cedar Bend Humane Society will feature a “Volunteer V.I.P.” who has gone above and beyond to devote their time and effort to making CBHS great.
This month, we’re featuring CBHS Volunteer, Kathy Gors. She has been a volunteer for the past 5 and 1/2 years and has logged over 1500 hours of service. Here is her story.
What attracted you to our volunteer program?
My daughter wanted to volunteer, and because of her age at the time, I had to accompany her. I wasn’t crazy about the idea at first–now I’m hooked!
What kinds of things do you do as a CBHS volunteer?
Clean kennels, change blankets, fill water bowls, bathe and brush pets, do laundry, and most importantly, walk dogs and try to give them a little love.
What is your favorite part of volunteering?
Walking dogs. I get a good feeling when I go home knowing I was the highlight of their day. It’s good exercise for me and the dogs.
Do you have a favorite animal at CBHS?
I have a few right now. Some are here and some have been adopted. My favorites that have been adopted are Dixie and Jasmine. My favorites still in the shelter are Olivia, Charlie, Billie, Jake and Shiloh.
What surprised you most about volunteering at CBHS?
How crucial volunteers are to the animals’ happiness and well-being. I’ve also found that Pit Bulls are sometimes the best dogs here!
What advice would you offer anyone looking to volunteer at CBHS?
Watch out for the strong pullers!!
Do you have a favorite moment or story from a time you were volunteering?
When my daughter and I first started volunteering, the new Adoption Center was still being built. So we were over in the old building, now called the Intake Building. My daughter spotted a yellow lab that looked so sad. She asked if she could walk him. He looked so calm until we opened the door to his kennel. He CHARGED out, wrapping his leash around both of us, almost knocking us down before breaking free and heading for the door. Luckily, a man standing near the door caught him for us. That was our initiation into dog walking at CBHS! What did we learn from this? Looks can be deceiving! Overall, my favorite moments are always when I see an animal that I have grown to care about go home.