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, Deb Hudspeth. She has spent 174+ hours walking dogs, helping with events, and has been a part of Get Fido Fit since 2012. Deb has also adopted from CBHS.
What attracted you to our volunteer program?
I have always been an avid dog lover and was looking for a way that I could give back to the community. Volunteering at CBHS was the perfect fit for me!!
What kinds of things do you do as a CBHS volunteer?
My main volunteer function has been walking the shelter dogs. I also enjoy participating in the various fundraising events as well as distributing both cat and dog food through “Paws Pantry” when I can get a Friday off work.
What is your favorite part of volunteering?
I would say that my favorite part of volunteering at CBHS is knowing that I can give my time and energy to the shelter dogs knowing that they will hopefully soon find their “forever home.”
Do you have a favorite animal at CBHS?
I don’t have a favorite animal at CBHS. I love them all!!
What surprised you most about volunteering at CBHS?
When I first started volunteering at CBHS, I thought I would want to take all of the dogs home with me. I soon came to the realization that it was simply not possible. However, spending a little one-on-one time by taking the dogs for a walk, visiting with them (yes, I said visiting with them!!), or just sitting quietly beside them and petting them, makes for a calming experience for both myself and the dog. I really think it is therapeutic!!
What advice would you offer anyone looking to volunteer at CBHS?
What are you waiting for???? It is such a rewarding experience!!
Do you have a favorite moment or story from a time you were volunteering?
I can share with you my absolute favorite moment at CBHS. Early last December I lost my beloved sixteen year old beagle, Zoey. We had just celebrated her “Sweet Sixteen” birthday party with the neighbors and their dogs. It was a fabulous time!! At the end of the year, my husband and I decided to come out to CBHS to check out the dogs. In one of the cubes was a three month old Jack Russel Terrier. When I let him out to hold him I immediately knew that he was the one for me. My husband and I both fell in love with him and took him home that same day. He has brought so much joy to our lives!! Shelter dogs are the best!!