It is well known that Hero Dogs owes its success to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Would you believe that Hero Dogs’ very first puppy raiser, from 10 years ago, is still an integral part of our team? Believe it! Maria has been there every step of the way and she is the spotlight of the next two posts!
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀: I started volunteering for Hero Dogs in May 2010, after going to the Brookeville Animal Hospital Open House where a newly formed organization, Hero Dogs, had an information table and a puppy in need of a raiser. The puppy was Hero Dogs Lady Liberty, and I became the first puppy raiser.
𝗪𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗜’𝗺 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀: In the early days of Hero Dogs, we were all volunteers and did whatever was required. We washed walls, pruned trees, did presentations/ demonstrations/ orientations, made home visits for new volunteers, took dogs to the vet, maintained puppy books, contacted breeders and sought puppy donations, attended events and fundraisers, recruited volunteers, took pictures and whatever else was needed. Now that Hero Dogs has a small but wonderful staff, I focus on seeking puppies (from as far away as Spain) and making the silver charms awarded to puppy raisers.
𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀: I have raised three dogs for Hero Dogs: Hero Dogs Lady Liberty (Libby), Hero Dogs Francis Scott Key (Scotty), and Hero Dogs Deborah Sampson (Sammie).