Our rockstar volunteers stepped up once again to help support animals rescued from really tough living conditions, and provide the gentle care they needed.
In September, a small team of RedRover Responders volunteers and I traveled to Mississippi to take care of 21 dogs and pups rescued from neglect. We helped finish off the temporary kennels while the field team from the Humane Society of the United States arrived to rescue the animals; we then helped unload the dogs from the transport vehicles and got them safely tucked into their kennels.
And what sweet dogs they were! Volunteers noticed immediately after the dogs explored their kennels that they were friendly, and we all watched the litter of pups play and tussle with each other. The veterinary team came in the next day and examined everyone, treated for fleas and worms, and got them all vaccinated. It was rewarding to all of us to see them settle in over the next couple of days.
Our volunteers came all the way from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia – putting their own lives on hold to give these animals a kind, first step towards their new lives. It was such a pleasure to lead this team – I had worked with all of the four volunteers before on many other deployments, and it almost felt like old friends getting together again. And that is what our deployments provide – a chance to make friends doing the hardest work you’ll ever love!