Volunteer Spotlight: Abby Rowlands
Meet Abby Rowlands! Abby spends time with the many dogs and puppies that come through our doors, helping them get much-needed time outdoors.
Q. What is your role as a volunteer at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?
A. Officially, I am a dog walker. However, as a volunteer, I feel committed to contributing to the animals at the shelter in any way that I am able. Since I am most familiar with the happenings around dog operations, I tend to stay in that lane. The lead dog walkers have been wonderful in exemplifying ways in which I can contribute towards the mission of the shelter. For example: filling water bowls, making sure all dogs have appropriate toys/blankets/bedding, safety checks for hazards near kennels, emptying waste bins around the dog walking loop, etc.
Q. How long have you been a volunteer?
A. I started (and finished) my volunteer and dog walking training in September 2022. I am so thankful to the dog walker trainers for being flexible! Their accessibility allowed me to complete training around my crazy schedule. It’s all about getting more dogs outside!
Q. What does a day in your life at the shelter look like?
A. It all depends on the needs of the dogs! After clocking in and signing out keys and radio, I report to the CCC (Canine Communication Center). The board helps me map out my shift. I also try to remain flexible as other needs may arise. My fellow volunteers are super helpful resources in determining how best you can utilize your time.
Q. What made you want to volunteer at the shelter, and what has been your favorite part?
A. The animals! We have a responsibility to care for them. It’s truly all about the animals, and I cannot reiterate that enough. I do very much appreciate being around like-minded volunteers and I find a lot of support and mentorship in my fellow dog walkers.
Q. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?
A. We are responsible for providing a world in which animals can live safely and thrive. The animals deserve it.
Q. Are there any current canines that you wish you could adopt today?
A. Pickles has my heart.
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