Everyone volunteers for their own personal reasons, but in general, volunteers have the biggest hearts you will ever encounter. They are among the most compassionate people on the planet. They may only have a few hours to spare, or they may have lots, but they give what they have freely and with passion.
I volunteer at Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary because I love animals and hate to see them without homes, or get put down at the pound just because their time is up. I have been a foster parent for quite a few dogs in the past, two of which I still have, and recently cats, two of which are still with us.
When I volunteer at the Sanctuary, which is only a couple days a week, I mostly take pictures of the cats, but I also clean cat cages, clean rooms that the cats are in, write some of their bios for the website, fold laundry, wash dishes, and walk dogs. I have also taken some dogs to obedience class to help them have better manners. Right now we are starting a dog class for volunteers to train the dogs and make them more adoptable.
"Why I foster? The animals need help, I love animals, and CVAS gets some breathing room so they can help more animals.
(above: Stormy at the Subaru event, introducing Buddy to a new friend)
Stormy with Buddy (left) at the Subaru adoption drive in Spokane
This is Stormy, kneeling behind Rosalee the cocker spaniel. Stormy fostered Rosalee and nursed her back to health after Rosalee was hit by a car and suffered a concussion and was in poor shape due to many years of neglect. This was the day Rosalee went home with her new family, looking like a new dog thanks to the love and care she received from Stormy.
Pat called me right away and set up a day for me to come in and meet the crew. Not knowing what it was all about I felt like I had walked into a whirlwind. A basement full of cats, a barn full of dogs, oh my!! I was so impressed with the dedication and love these people have for the critters they were caring for that I knew I had found my niche.
I've always enjoyed helping wherever needed. After being a stay at home mom for 3 years, I'd started feeling like I was just a mom/wife and missed being a part of something more. So, I prayed about it and waited for an opportunity to open up. It wasn't long after this I saw an article about Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary preparing for the winter. I got on their website and knew I'd found what I was looking for!!!
Jenna and her husband Jeremy insulating the
Sometimes you'll become a CVAS volunteer without even realizing it!
This is Mike, Sue Seabolt's brother. He came to Colville for a nice family visit and before he knew what was happening...
He found himself at the Sanctuary up to his elbows in soapy water washing kitty bowls :O)
So be warned...you just never know when it will happen to you!
Sue says that she started volunteering when a friend, Pat Lowe, mentioned to her that CVAS was always in need of volunteers.
Bill & Lorraine SchanzenbachVolunteers and Former Directors of the Board
Bill is primarily responsible for the financial and recording keeping aspects of the Sanctuary including filing required forms/returns to state and federal agencies. Occasionally, he helps with animal transports (primarily to the west side of the state) , he also assists with facility-related maintenance issues, and helps with food transport and distribution. Bill also helps Lorraine, on occasion, with her TNR activities.
Lorraine works mainly with cats and spends many hours out in the field rescuing sick, injured and homeless animals.
Lorraine also spends days at the shelter, cleaning, feeding and medicating our animals. She originally was with Stevens County Cat Care, an organization that provides a monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinic. As you can see, Lorraine also loves the sanctuary puppies.
JoAnn became involved with the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary about four years ago when a starving and near-death mastiff showed up at her home. She likes to spend time at the shelter walking and working with the dogs. The last animal she took home to train as a therapy dog ended up being adopted by Boeing as a Bomb sniffer since she was also working with him for the possibility as a search and rescue dog.
Little did I know, the day I called the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary, that my life was about to change. I saw an article in the newspaper one day asking for people to help at the Sanctuary with the animals. I thought to myself, I’m retired and have a couple of hours a week to help out, so I called the number in the paper and connected with Nancy Rose, the kennel manager.
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