Angela, who hasn’t had a dog since she was ten years old, opened the back door of her car and said, “Ok guys, jump in!” Shawna and Hans wagged their tails but their expressions said, “We think we like you, but we have no idea what you want us to do.” Angela tried telling them to get in the backseat again without any luck. “So it was me and another volunteer lifting these 50-pound dogs into my car in the middle of the night in a parking lot,” Angela laughs.
Though she usually meets a new dog each time she volunteers as a walker, she once got to walk Alex, a dog with an unusual color who had strikingly beautiful green eyes, two Saturdays in a row. “I couldn’t believe he hadn’t been adopted yet,” she said. When she checked Facebook the next Monday, she discovered that one of her friends had just become Alex’s proud owner.
Interacting with the public is key, says Angela, “Even if the person isn’t in the market for a dog, they might get involved or donate when they’re able to. People just want to know what’s going on.” When people on the street commend her for volunteering to walk City Dogs Rescue dogs, Angela says, “I feel like a fraud. It’s not work! It’s so much fun!”
Angela can recall the names of almost all the dogs she has walked and uses City Dogs Rescue’s website and Facebook page to keep up with how “her” dogs are doing once they’re adopted. “They’re all such sweet characters,” she said. “Every time I walk a dog, I think, ‘this is my favorite dog,’ but they’re all my favorite.”