OHAR's Volunteers are Amazing
I volunteer to interact with the animals in a way that is meaningful to both me and the dog that I am with. I do it to learn how to better these amazing creatures and to provide them with a joyous life, because that is what brings me joy, and I have been volunteering with Oak Hill Animal Rescue for about 3 years now. Nick
I am in my 12th year of volunteering with Oak Hill Animal Rescue! Why so long? Because I am a dog lover and want to help those that don't have a home find one! There's not much else to say....I try my best to love on all the fur babies and have been in several roles with OHAR over this time period! OHAR has grown over time. When I first started I went to the farm 2-4 evenings a week to help feed and clean the kennel. I knew every dog and some of the cats. As the rescue has grown much bigger, it is much more difficult to know the dogs. I have thought about quitting a few times but then I think of all those great fur babies (and a couple think they own me) and I just keep going. One of the best parts of all this is to see the OHAR alums come back to visit. AND, of course, I have 3 Oak Hill fur babies!!
When all others turned their back on Milo, a shelter dog that had the odds stacked against him, OHAR welcomed him with open arms. I started volunteering at their adoption events to help promote Milo and soon became hooked. It's been 3 years now and I couldn't ask for a better rescue family! OHAR takes on tough cases and seeing the animals transform into trusting, loving creatures once in OHAR's care is inspiring. It's hard not to have more than a few favorites and look forward to seeing them bounce out of the kennel to give you a hug. But the very best feeling is helping them find their forever family, where you know they will be spoiled rotten! Nicole
I have volunteered for a year and a half now and it has taught me so many things. Most importantly maturity and responsibility. Coming to Adoptions each weekend , walking/watering dogs and helping them get adopted is mainly what we do but in between giving them unconditional love. We have all breeds , colors and size come through OHAR and each dog is special in their own way and when you volunteer you can help them blossom into the dog they truly are. We even help the kitties too! They are so playful and we can help socialize the kittens and some of the cats. It's a great feeling at the end of the day, that you have helped them either get into a furever home or helping them not be scared. Bettye and Jim are so welcoming , on my first day I was a little nervous but they were so kind and it helped me with my confidence to speak to people that walked in and be more outspoken. It's been a great experience and I hope to be a forever OHAR Volunteer!