When I first volunteered at the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) during a service project day through Scottsdale Community College, I was instantly interested in taking this to another level. I had always wanted to volunteer with animals, one of my passions, and I ended up translating that into a most rewarding, continuous community service endeavor.
I volunteered at AAWL from July 2011 through July 2015. Initially I helped out in solely the kennel area, but as time passed, I became more involved in different arenas, my volunteering duties have expanded. As a volunteer, I was one of hundreds of AAWL ambassadors, providing education to the public and helping make these animals more adoptable. In October 2014, I garnered the “docent” status based on my number of service hours. Here were some of my roles:
- Mentor (train new kennel volunteers during “Buddy Days”)
- New Volunteer Orientation Presenter (speak to new volunteers during orientation sessions and guide them on shelter tours)
- Dog Socializer (provide exercise, socialization and upkeep for canines)