I would have to say started when I was a child. I grew up with many different pets; lizards, snakes, birds and cats. As an adult I’m a proud mommy of 3 fur babies, and a turtle. I started off working at ACCT as a kennel attendant. I was the person who picks up the pets picks up the pets once they were surrendered . I cleaned kennels large and small, for both the cats and dogs. I am now currently an adoptions counselor at ACCT. . I also had to assist with animals who were being euthanized. That was no easy feat. I often cried at work and would go home in tears. That’s something that stays with you. I always felt like a bad person. I started at ACCT with no knowledge of cats or dogs. All I knew was I loved to be around them. I was terrified of of the large dogs (pit bulls). I admit, like most people I was ignorant and believed the myths about pit bulls, but working at ACCT helped open my eyes. These dogs are a misunderstood breed. They aren’t as scary as the smaller breed dogs I’ve come in contact with. I’m proud to say one of my resident dogs is a pit bull mix. I became an adoptions counselor because I wanted to do more than talk to people about our awesome animals. I wanted to be the one who helped save lives! I love what I do. If I make a difference in one persons life I would say that’s a good day!. Working in my department isn’t easy, but working in any department at ACCT isn’t easy, but we make it work. We work together as a family to get things done. We work as a team. I love my team!
When I was asked to write a paragraph on why I foster and volunteer for ACCT, I was completely blank. Only one word came to my mind: selfless. I think volunteering and fostering is full of many emotions. Being on the other end of the leash, walking a shelter dog and you experience that moment when they look up at you and see their eyes filled with admiration and appreciation, just for taking them out of their kennels and away from all the barking and scary smells of the shelter, is the best feeling you can ever imagine. These animals depend so much on the volunteers to help them cope with shelter life. Without them, they pretty much would live in their kennels until adopted or if it’s over-crowed, their death. There are so many ways you can help the animals. You can walk them, help with stuffing kongs to help enrich them while in their kennels, taking photographs, helping with a training class, transport, laundry and off site events. If you just can’t go to the shelter then fostering would be another great option. You would be saving two lives!! That animal gets out and the one waiting in the back gets moved up in it’s place. There are no words to describe taking a shelter animal into your home and giving them the love and respect they deserve. To be honest, it’s not all that easy but the big reward is knowing you saved that animal and because of you, they will have a chance at life!!! I hope by reading this, you understand how much these wonderful shelter animals need you!!!
When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, no other city can do it like Philadelphia. On July 4th, Philadoptables had the pleasure of joining the WAWA Welcome America! Parade – one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Along with marching bands, floats, military groups and performance teams, Philadoptables marched through the historical part of the city to help Philadelphia celebrate America. Philadoptables was asked to carry the Betsy Ross flag- a huge flag that needed 10 people just to make sure it never touches the ground. Not only did the Philadoptables board members and friends have fun taking part in the parade, but also, they received a lot of recognition, as national and local TV stations mentioned Philadoptables and its mission in their reports from the parade.
We had a blast during the parade but most importantly we were happy to spread the word about our work to support the city’s shelter. Thank you WAWA and we will see you next year!