My name is Sarah and I have been part of the Weimaraner Rescue since 2009. My husband and I began volunteering by fostering Weims, but with the arrival of our daughter and hectic schedules, I now donate my time by interviewing applicants and compiling the newsletter. We have our own Weim baby, Riley, who we will always consider our first born. Riley has numerous health issues and requires daily medication. Luckily she concentrates on the peanut butter and treats instead of the eye drops and pills, and her medical issues haven’t changed her sweet temperament. Although Riley is lucky to have a family who understands her health needs, we knew not all dogs were as lucky. We originally began fostering dogs as a way to help those animals who were less fortunate. We had many awesome fosters – I was constantly shocked by the smart and loving dogs that people were giving up. We still get updates on some of the dogs and enjoy hearing about how much they are loved in their new homes.
In late 2010, my husband and I both went back to school in the evenings. We felt we couldn’t provide foster dogs with the amount of time and attention they deserved, so we stepped back from fostering. I began assisting the organization in other ways. Interviewing applicants is a wonderful way to help select new forever homes for our dogs. Although it’s a serious task, it’s a lot of fun to imagine the type of lifestyle that applicants could provide our dogs. In addition, I created the Grey Ghost Gazette – a newsletter that is sent out promoting the rescue’s activities.
Volunteering has been a very rewarding experience. I enjoy getting to know others who share a passion for rescue and want to help our four-legged friends. There is no better feeling than watching a dog go home with their new family and knowing that you’ve helped make the animal and the family’s life complete.