Recently I started volunteering for Greyhound Gap. It is a dog rescue mainly re-homing and looking after greyhounds and lurchers.
No, I don’t have a rescue dog. When my hubby finally agreed to adopt a dog (I had to act fast before he changed his mind), I searched through rescue websites looking for a pup. In spite of spending hours on internet, I could not find anything . Because we have a little boy I don’t feel comfortable bringing home an older dog. However, I always loved dogs and at least by volunteering I could perhaps help a bit.
Getting rid of prejudices
At first I was a bit worried, because I did not know what I was going to see at kennels. I thought there will be dogs looking at me with pleading eyes and showing signs of their misfortune. Yes, this image in my head was created by all the hearth-breaking photos of almost dying dogs you see on social media. I thought I can’t face to see suffering dogs, I love them too much.
Volunteering is my way of paying forward
I could not be more wrong. These dogs are very well looked after and seem so happy! Even though they weren’t so lucky in their life before, they are very cheerful now. All volunteers and people involved are doing such a great job and I am not feeling uneasy at all.
Can’t get enough
What’s more, all my worries and uncertainty is now gone. In fact I keep coming back. I love photographing all these dogs. It is challenging as a matter of fact. Their running speed is amazing and not once I just close my eyes and hope they run pass me without knocking me down.
Not only I overcame my prejudice but now I look forward to our next session. My goal is to show their personality and their features and the images will hopefully help all these doggies find their new forever homes.
Overall it is fantastic experience for me. One day I might be in a position to offer them forever home. Until then, I’ll keep coming back to them.
At last, if you can find couple of hours spare in your life, give volunteering a go. You will gain as much as you give.
To learn more about Greyhound Gap, please visit http://www.greyhoundgap.org.uk