I began volunteering with PM in 2012. I "lost custody" of my two dogs through divorce, so I decided to volunteer during my new found spare time. During my very first shift at Cambrian, a transport of at least 15 dogs had arrived from California. It was complete chaos and so much fun to cuddle so many dogs in two hours.
As I continued to volunteer, I would see lots of dogs come and go quickly and others would still be there shift after shift. That's when I met Humphrey. To be honest Humphrey wasn't love at first sight. Humphrey knew how to get the other dogs at Cambrian upset and barking, and when you took him for a walk, he was definitely in charge. Humphrey had been at Cambrian for quite some time and whether or not he was the dog for me didn't matter, I was now in a position to foster so I felt the least I could do was to apply to foster Humphrey. I just knew he couldn't spend any more time in that kennel.
The moment he walked through my front door, he became a completely different dog. He was respectful, well trained and no longer a bully. I couldn't believe this was the same dog. Well, it was only a week or two before I told Humphrey "Yep, this is your forever home!" I knew he had been waiting too long for a foster or an adopter and I didn't want him to ever have to move to another new home again.
I continue to volunteer at Almost Home and temp foster. About a year ago, I took on coordinating training for new volunteers at Almost Home. It's quite possible I could be a lifelong volunteer at PM. Every time I walk into Almost Home I can't wait to see what dogs are there and spend time with them. I really enjoy working with the shy or more difficult to handle dogs.