King George Animal Rescue League

Volunteer of the Month Interview

March 2014-Debra

When did you start with KGARL/KGAC?

I started working with the dogs over two years ago weekly. There were very few regular volunteers doing that at the time and I think I was the only one who would work with the larger dogs and bully breeds.

Why did you decide to volunteer with KGARL and KGAC?

I grew up on a farm with ton of animals and I volunteered at animal shelters beginning back in high school. So working with shelters, rescues, and dogs and cats had always been a part of my life. I had wanted to help out at KGAC for a long time but my work and personal life limited my ability to do that.  Two years ago I had the opportunity to make a commitment to become a regular volunteer with the dogs.

What is your favorite aspect of your volunteer work?

I just love working with the dogs, getting to know their personalities and seeing them get rescued or adopted to good homes. Some folks say things to me like "oh how can you do that? I could never go into a shelter.  I would be so sad" and so forth. Well, the ones who are sad and crying everyday are the animals in the cages without a home. They honestly do "live for" the ten or twenty minutes that volunteers can spend with them. I always try to keep a logical mind over an emotional one with the shelter dogs otherwise I would be running my own rescue!  

What is your most memorable volunteer experience?

There are so many-so here are a few off the top of my head. The first hearing that KJ finally found a forever home after spending a year at the pound. I loved that dog! I try not to get too attached to the dogs but he was awesome. The other was the rescue of Mega. He was deteriorating rapidly in the shelter and  he was truly suffering because he couldn't handle the shelter environment. Out of the blue a rescue contacted me around midnight in his 11th hour saying that they would take him. I try not to cry or get too emotional but I did that time. That was a miracle! And then it was just so wonderful to see his buddy Patrick drive him off to safety... just the best. And most recently getting Bandit, the long time KG stray, to trust me and eat food from my hand when I know he hadn't had human contact in nearly two years.

What others have to say about Debra:

“Debra is dedicated, hard working, honest, compassionate, and has the animals as a priority in her life to find good homes for each of them. She goes above and beyond what is asked of her as a volunteer here at KGAC. Thank You Debra for your dedication.” –Kevin Eller, ACS and the staff of King George Animal Control

“Debra quickly built great working relationships with rescue groups that work with KGARL/KGAC to pull dogs, plus continues to build new relationships.  She is passionate and dedicated about saving the dogs that end up at the Pound by no fault of their own, including even the most difficult cases - she is a true asset (and angel)!" –Cathy M

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“Debra is a huge asset to KGAC and KGARL. She puts her heart and soul into her volunteer work. She’s responsible for saving so many lives!” –Jen D.

“I have said this to Deb on a number of occasions: “You saved another one!”  For me personally, it was a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a dedicated and compassionate individual.” Patrick C.

“When it comes to Debra she is one of the most dedicated people I know. Her loyalty to our animals is greatly appreciated. Her hard work and dedication has been a blessing. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know where some of our animals would be. I know at times it must be very frustrating working with so many different people and rescues, but Debra doesn’t let anything or anyone discourage her. When one rescue falls through she starts with another. I am so thankful to have her on our “animals team.” –Theresa M.

Thank you for all you do for KGARL and KGAC Debra! We sure do appreciate you!