Last weekend was extremely exciting for me, as I was able to fulfil a life-long dream of becoming a volunteer at an animal shelter. Just before Christmas, one of my besties, Maria, rescued her gorgeous dog Max from Foal Farm and shortly afterwards started volunteering there with her sister. When they asked if I want to volunteer with them, to say I was excited (like-pee-my-pants excited) would be an understatement, as as you all know I am a big time crazy dog lady and anything I can do to help animals in need makes my soul extremely happy.
We had a great time walking some of the dogs around Foal Farm‘s beautiful grounds, and after spending time with them I just couldn’t believe how many gorgeous, friendly, and just generally loveable dogs there are waiting to find their forever homes. If you are able to open your home to a dog, in my experience, rescuing is honestly one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. Two of my dogs have been rescues and they are some of the most loving, loyal dogs you could ever meet.
All of the dogs that we we walked/spent time with were special in their own ways, like the lovely Stanley above, who has the most gentle soul and is extremely well behaved on the lead.
I particularly fell in love with this gorgeous boy Rex ▽▼▽▼▽. Five dogs wouldn’t be too crazy, right?! Seriously though.
All in all, my first volunteering experience was amazing, and I am so grateful that I can now hang out with all of these lovely doggies on a regular basis. Foal Farm is an incredible no-kill rescue that relies solely on voluntary contributions, legacies and money made from fund raising events, and I feel so humbled to be a part of it.
Have any of you volunteered at an animal shelter? I’d love to hear all of your stories, you know I can talk about animals all day!
OMG that dog is sooo cute! I’m so glad you were able to volunteer. Walking the dogs is my favorite part of volunteering! Foal Farm sounds like an amazing place.
Thank you so much Valentina, it really is great and all of the dogs are so lovely! I always love reading your volunteering blog posts 🙂 xx
I would have to take them all home with me!
The struggle is real! I genuinely think I’m going to have 5 dogs soon haha!
This is amazing- it made me cry! (Happy cry, although also sad as it makes me realise I need to find a full-time job helping animals) It’s incredible how something so small (i.e. volunteering) to us, can literally make a day for a dog. They are so happy to see your face and give them fuss! I am so appreciative that 1. I have a best friend who has the same interests as me, so we can do this awesome volunteering together every weekend and 2. That you are an amazing writer so can promote and share these wonderful experiences to help animals. 🙂
Having had Max from foal farm and being a volunteer, I can also vouch that foal farm are amazing at not only raising and finding a compatible owner to the dogs needs, but for trying their best to save as many animals as possible (Max was due to be put down after 7 days in a pound but Foal farm saved him)! And for that I am so appreciative of everything they do!
I hope we can do this every weekend together over and over again!! Your blog is amazing and I’m so happy you have shared this with everyone 🙂 Yay!! xxxxxx
Aww Maria, your comment made me cry!! I’m so lucky to have you as a besty.
I can’t wait for this weekend: vegan chocolate ice-cream for breakfast + volunteering at foal farm with you = perfection! xxxxxxxxx