Animal Shelter Volunteer

These are my dog pictures & stories from volunteering at Alachua County Animal Services in Gainesville ~ Beth
Yesterday I met Rover.  He’s a good and talented dog.  He can catch treats in mid air and shake.  Rover is quite lean but he’s got a handsome, shiny coat.  Like Hank from a few posts back, Rover has sprinkles of white fur on his face.  We spoiled Rover yesterday and had him out for about an hour.  He ended up laying down with froggy legs extended out and he had a content look on his cute sprinkled face.

Yesterday I met Rover. He’s a good and talented dog. He can catch treats in mid air and shake. Rover is quite lean but he’s got a handsome, shiny coat. Like Hank from a few posts back, Rover has sprinkles of white fur on his face. We spoiled Rover yesterday and had him out for about an hour. He ended up laying down with froggy legs extended out and he had a content look on his cute sprinkled face.

I haven’t volunteered in a while.  Going full speed volunteering every week for the last few years caught up with me, I suppose.  I needed to take a little break.  Tomorrow though, I’ll be back!  New dogs come in everyday and all of them need pictures so they can be seen outside of the shelter’s walls.  It’s also fun to get them out of their kennels and see what they do.  Some want to play fetch, like this guy in the picture here.  Others just want to snuggle, which makes picture taking challenging. That’s okay because snugglers are some of my favorites. Then some others are more aloof, or a little scared, or just super excited to be out running around.  I’m going to dust off my camera and go and meet the latest crew of adoptable dogs, take their pictures, and give them a chance to get out and do what they want to do.

I haven’t volunteered in a while.  Going full speed volunteering every week for the last few years caught up with me, I suppose.  I needed to take a little break.  Tomorrow though, I’ll be back! New dogs come in everyday and all of them need pictures so they can be seen outside of the shelter’s walls.  It’s also fun to get them out of their kennels and see what they do.  Some want to play fetch, like this guy in the picture here.  Others just want to snuggle, which makes picture taking challenging. That’s okay because snugglers are some of my favorites. Then some others are more aloof, or a little scared, or just super excited to be out running around.  I’m going to dust off my camera and go and meet the latest crew of adoptable dogs, take their pictures, and give them a chance to get out and do what they want to do.

My foster dog was adopted Sunday! It was definitely bittersweet and I shed more than a few tears.  Older dogs at the shelter always get to me.  They’re usually mellow, well behaved, house trained and just all around good dogs that deserve more than shelter life with an unknown future.  I’m grateful the shelter let me foster her so she didn’t have to wait there a month in a kennel. Instead she hung out with us! I miss her but am happy for her too.  I saw a picture of her in her new home.  It looks like she’s already spoiled!

That’s actually Rocie on the tv!  She was on the local news for the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge.

My foster dog was adopted Sunday! It was definitely bittersweet and I shed more than a few tears. Older dogs at the shelter always get to me. They’re usually mellow, well behaved, house trained and just all around good dogs that deserve more than shelter life with an unknown future. I’m grateful the shelter let me foster her so she didn’t have to wait there a month in a kennel. Instead she hung out with us! I miss her but am happy for her too. I saw a picture of her in her new home. It looks like she’s already spoiled!

That’s actually Rocie on the tv! She was on the local news for the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge.
Rocie is the adoptable shelter dog vacationing at my place! She’s going to hang out in the adoption center at the shelter tomorrow.  Good luck Rocie!

Rocie is the adoptable shelter dog vacationing at my place! She’s going to hang out in the adoption center at the shelter tomorrow. Good luck Rocie!

Rocie is my foster buddy! She’s going out to Earthwise today to crash the kitten adoption event. Rocie is a 9 year old, house trained, mellow dog that loves to go for walks and is good with other dogs. She’s adoptable through alachua county animal services.

Here’s Hank!  He is such a good dog.  Hank’s a friendly fella and is a real people person! He loves people that visit him.  Don’t you just love his white furs sprinkled throughout his adorable little face? Hank’s 5 years old and has been at the shelter longer than any other adoptable dog.  He came in back in March.

Here’s Hank! He is such a good dog. Hank’s a friendly fella and is a real people person! He loves people that visit him. Don’t you just love his white furs sprinkled throughout his adorable little face? Hank’s 5 years old and has been at the shelter longer than any other adoptable dog. He came in back in March.

Kitty World Cup was yesterday. Some of the little athletes were Batman, Harry, and the kittens I can’t tell apart from kennel #5 (there’s 7 little babies in there along with mama).

We had 1 goal (well, maybe a goal) scored by one of the babies from kennel 5.

Meet Cornbread! Cornbread is an excellent sniffer and makes sure to check out every last blade of grass.  Then after it’s been thoroughly inspected, he’s ready for some attention from his people friends.

Meet Cornbread! Cornbread is an excellent sniffer and makes sure to check out every last blade of grass. Then after it’s been thoroughly inspected, he’s ready for some attention from his people friends.

Little baby Bonnie at the park. That’s Perry sniffing Bonnie’s booty.

Cute little baby up for adoption.  Her brother was adopted yesterday and now she’s in the kennel all alone.  She’ll probably get adopted soon because her cuteness will be hard for people to resist.  She’s heading over to Kanapaha Park today from 12-4pm to hopefully meet her future family.

Cute little baby up for adoption. Her brother was adopted yesterday and now she’s in the kennel all alone. She’ll probably get adopted soon because her cuteness will be hard for people to resist. She’s heading over to Kanapaha Park today from 12-4pm to hopefully meet her future family.