Donating Time to Help Animals, It Really is that Simple!

BlueGrace Logistics has taken The Humane Society of Tampa Bay on as their “pet project”, and this has given the employees at BlueGrace a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the shelter.  I had never participated in any type of volunteer work before, but I have been a dog groomer and a vet tech as well as owned my own pet sitting business, so I was very excited to start my volunteer experience with them.

My first week there, I groomed a puppy and two shih tzus for them.   Everyone there was very encouraging and told me how great they looked, but the reward came the next weekend when I found out that they had all found homes.  It was all the incentive I needed.

My second week, I decided that I wanted to play with the kitties instead of doing the grooming.  I got there bright and early, while the staff was still cleaning.  I was able to get to know some of the cats and kittens before the public was invited into the shelter.  Each of them had their own story, and I tried to spend time with the older cats that were a little bit shy to encourage them to be more social.

The public was let in and a flood of people descended upon the cages!  I started talking to people and was able to match up so many cats with wonderful homes!  I had only intended on staying for 4 hours, but I ended up staying ALL day!  I couldn’t leave…I am hooked!

I left there and felt SO good about my day.  It was a very gratifying experience, and I couldn’t stop smiling!  Anyone who has ever considered volunteer work, but is apprehensive or says they don’t have the time, should come out and try it for a few hours.  Who can resist a cute puppy or kitten???

– Denise Overturf, Customer Loyalty Team Member
Follow me @Denise711_BG

community involvement | charity support

Rain was one of the cats that pulled on my heartstrings.  His owner passed away, and he was taken to the shelter.  I spent some time alone with him, and he is such a sweet boy who needs a loving home. For adoption information, please contact The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.