Volunteer V.I.P – Deb

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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!!

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Volunteer V.I.P. – Kathy

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.

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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.

Volunteer V.I.P.’s – Dallas & Shannon

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 Dallas & Shannon, both Seniors at Columbus High School in Waterloo.  They have been volunteering for CBHS since September.  Here’s their story.

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What attracted to you the CBHS Volunteer Program?

D: A service class for school – but we’d always wanted to volunteer here.

S: Seeing all the dogs.  I have 2 dogs at home, and just love spending time with animals.

What kinds of things do you do as a CBHS Volunteer?

D/S: Walk & bathe dogs, socialize cats, help clean the kennels, and help with events.  (Dallas & Shannon helped at our Annual Gala in November.)

What is your favorite part about volunteering at CBHS?

D: Watching the dogs and cats go to their new homes

S: Bonding with the animals–seeing what they’re like outside of their kennels.

Do you have a favorite animal at CBHS?

S: Flint (a Shepherd/Bull Terrier mix) was my favorite.  He was sweet, and he just got adopted! It was so interesting to see how differently he behaved outside his kennel.  He was so much more interested in you, and everything around him.

D: I liked Nyla (American Bulldog mix). She’s been adopted too. I liked how personal she could be.  She genuinely wanted your attention, and appreciated it.

What surprised you most about volunteering at CBHS?

D: The different reasons for animals ending up at CBHS – they come from so many backgrounds. And it’s always surprising to see the difference in how dogs act in their kennel as opposed to outside.  Sometimes they’re completely different dogs.

What advice would you offer anyone looking to volunteer at CBHS?

D: Try to understand what the dog’s situation was before it came to the shelter, and be compassionate of that.

S: And hold on tight when you’re walking dogs–some are much stronger than you are!  And patience is important too.

Do you have a favorite story from a time you were volunteering?

S: One time we took a laser into the cat room, and all the cats went crazy–it was hilarious.

D: For me, it was Shannon opening Chloe’s (Bulldog/Clumber Spaniel mix) kennel, and Chloe just taking off with Shannon running behind her.  We caught her, so we can laugh about it now!

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Thank you so much to Shannon & Dallas for all of their dedication and hard work.  You guys are stars!

We rely on volunteers to assist us in everything from walking dogs, to joining us at events and fundraisers.  Volunteers can choose the activities they want to participate in, and which days and times work for them. Learn more about our volunteer program, and fill out an application on our website here.