It all started with a picture of a fuzzy puppy with crazy ears on Petfinder. I adopted Sookie in March of 2010. I was looking for a puppy from a foster home. I thought that sounded cool. A puppy that is already living with a family, already working on potty training and already learning what a home is supposed to be. Sookie became my world even though she is more of a cat than a dog and prefers less cuddling than I would want. ;)
Fast forward to May 2013. I was feeling unfulfilled and really wanted to give back to my community. I tried finding a non-animal related hobby since my actual job is all about animals at the Zoo. I was unsuccessful. My weird hours made it difficult to find volunteer opportunities except WALKING DOGS at a dog shelter. I looked into where Sookie came from. GPG goes out into the East Saint Louis Community, helps community members in need and brings homeless dogs into the small shelter or straight into available foster homes. My Sookie was a little Eastie street dog and I was ready to give back to the rescue that saved her.❤ I became a shelter volunteer for a whole year before I was seduced with the idea of fostering.
This brings me to Marley, a young wild white German Shepard. He was returned from his owners while I was volunteering one day. He was adopted as a puppy and had never been in a shelter. He was sad and confused and I couldn't handle it and he came home with me. He jumped my fence, chased my cats, but I loved him with all my heart. Sookie tolerated him. I found a perfect match for him in a home and he is so incredibly loved with his new mom. I cried the whole way home after dropping him off, but it was perfect. I HELPED DO THAT! I helped find Marley his forever home and now I can DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!
I hope that sharing my WHY inspired you to do good any way you can.
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