Why I Volunteer, by Donna Rose

By Donna Rose on March 6, 2015

Why do I volunteer? 

My passion is being a foster mom for pets that need homes. 

The first question I get when I tell people I foster is, “how can you get a dog, then just get rid of it—isn’t that hard?”  It is quite the opposite; I love finding homes for my foster babies. When I find a home for a dog, that means I get to find a home for another dog. Fostering means saving a life.

You see, I get to care for and nurture the dog. I teach it social skills and proper manners so that it will be the perfect companion for someone. I keep it out of the shelter, which is often a scary and noisy place for a dog—or may be cold and uncomfortable. I learn about the dog’s personality and characteristics so that I can more easily match it to a family. It gets to socialize with my dogs and family, and my daughter benefits from the experience in so many ways. No, that isn’t hard at all. I might cry a little when a dog leaves, but the reward far outweighs any sorrow. 

I foster primarily for the Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society. We have a no-kill shelter located in Wamego, and serve as the county “dog pound.”  All of the dogs that come through our facility are eventually placed in loving homes. 

Along with fostering, I regularly help with fundraising events. In fact, this Tuesday night, March 10, we will be at McAlister’s in Manhattan from 5-10 p.m. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to the Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society. Weather permitting, we will have some of our dogs there to meet people and hopefully find their forever homes. We are calling it the Charitea event, ‘cause everyone knows McAlister’s has the best iced tea in town!

Here is a photograph of Lou, one of our darling pups available for adoption.

When I first met Lou, I thought, “Oh my, he is kinda ugly!”  But looks are deceiving: what a darling, sweet, playful, well-mannered cuddle bug! And he loves his purple monster. 


MCALISTERS in Manhattan

Tuesday, March 10, 5-10 p.m. 

10% of proceeds will be donated to the Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society.