Meet the volunteers

We’re introducing our amazing volunteers who, on top of everything else they do, have agreed to share their volunteer stories with you. We hope you enjoy these mini-interviews and who knows, these wonderful people may inspire you (or someone you know) to sign up as a PEIHS volunteer today!

Dane Garner

Ali Wight

Kylee Stewart

Linda Lynch

Sarah Miller

Chris Bergeron

Dane Garner

Dane and Tamara snuggling

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer at the PEI Humane Society thought Katimavik which is a 6 month volunteer program for youth. I love working with the animals.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? It’s a great use of your time and much better than sitting around watching T.V.

Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter. The best part of the day is giving treats to the dogs.

Ali Wight

Ali with Love

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer at the PEI Humane Society through Katimavik which is a 6 month volunteer program for youth. I chose the Society as the place where I wanted to dedicate my time because I really love animals, and I was interested in learning more about their behaviour, and what’s best when it comes to training. I know they need more than just food, water, and a good shelter. They need love, companionship, and fun or else they won’t be happy. I wanted to help with their adjustment process and help them to be as comfortable and content as possible in their new temporary home.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? The Shelter wouldn’t run without volunteers. They are a huge part of what makes this Humane Society so special. If you are thinking about joining the “crew” I guarantee you won’t regret it and you’ll probably become hooked. It’s a fun and rewarding activity to do in your spare time. Whether you come in to take the dogs on an extra walk, let the cats roam around and socialize, do the read and relax program, make kitty piñatas or just sit down with a dog to pet, brush or give company, it’s all so important and has a great impact on reducing their stress level and also increasing the chance of being adopted.

Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter. I feel the best part of volunteering at the PEI Humane Society is hands down seeing a difference in the animals who are here. Sometimes a dog or cat will come in and you can tell it’s had a rough time, or maybe very little human interaction. It may be very scared or very depressed. Working with these animals is very special for me. Dedicating part of your day to get to know them, letting them know you – usually you will see them gradually start to warm up to you. This is my favourite feeling, when you see trust and companionship grow and you know you made a difference.

Kylee Stewart

Kylee gives KC a cuddle

Why do you volunteer? I love animals and making them feel at home before they’re adopted. I love the feeling of making a difference and taking care of animals in my spare time. I’m here everyday
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? The PEI Humane Society always needs volunteers and if you love animals it will be fun and rewarding. Whether it’s doing dishes or taking dogs for walks, it makes a difference. This is definitely a fun volunteering opportunity.
Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter. For the past few weeks, I’ve been involved with the Sunday Dog Outing program (for experienced volunteers). I love taking the dogs out for a few hours to my home and to the boardwalk. I look forward to Sunday’s, spending time with amazing dogs. The best part about volunteering at the PEI Humane Society would be when you’re here everyday and the animals know you. Also the staff and other volunteers make you feel right at home!

Linda Lynch

Linda Lynch

Why you volunteer: I enjoy working with the cats. I have always had a cat for a pet, and I lost one in the summer of 2009. She was a beautiful pet, and was 21 yrs +. We really missed her, so I thought volunteering would be good for me, and help to replace that void. That only lasted for 10 months as I have now adopted two cats from the Humane Society.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? I find it very rewarding, and I’m very impressed with the way the Humane Society is run. The animals are well taken care of, and all the staff are very dedicated. It is quite evident that all the staff are happy in their work.

Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter. The day Glen (another volunteer) was down flat out on his stomach on the floor of Kitty Corner playing with the kittens. One was on his back sleeping. (“That’s dedication”). The best part is knowing all the animals are fed properly and well taken care of, and every effort is taken to ensure they each get a good “furever” home.

Sarah Miller

Why you volunteer? I love animals! I grew up around all kinds of them and if I can help make their life here better I will!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? It’s a great experience, you meet new people and make new furry friends! Also, it looks great on a resume too!

Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/ or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter. The best part of being a volunteer here is just getting to be around the animals and spending time with them!

 

Chris Bergeron

Chris opened his heart to help us care for the the animals and to pick up some important skills and experience as part of his plans to study veterinary medicine one day.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

It’s a fun way to give back to your community, and you get to help out animals in need.

Describe a unique or funny moment you experienced while volunteering/ or what you feel is the best part of volunteering at the Shelter.

The best part is being able to help the animals out, it’s fun to do, and you get to play with dogs, which is pretty cool.