It’s knowing that she can give a homeless dog a second chance in life that drives Coming Home Rescue volunteer, Winnie, to be an active member of the group.
“It is such an accomplishment helping dogs find a better life than whey they had before,” she said.
Winnie had previously worked with a hand full of the volunteers for this Rockaway, NJ based non-profit group.
“I think they are wonderful people,” she said. “Also the organization is not as large as others where you feel lost and have no connection with other volunteers in the group.”
Winnie worked with fellow volunteer, Jennifer S., on spear-heading the efforts of this year’s Pub Crawl which raised money to help provide shelter, food and medical attention to the dogs while they wait to find their forever homes.
She also helps at adoption events, updates the group’s listings on their Pet Finder page, as well as adding and releasing dog information on the organization’s website.
“I love spending time with dogs and getting to know their personalities.”
Winnie’s rescue dogs Angie and Yukon
In addition to the two dogs that Winnie’s family has adopted, they have also opened their doors and their hearts to fostering for Coming Home Rescue which provides a home environment for the dogs while they wait to be adopted by their forever families.
“The group helped save a dog from Liberty Humane Society that had demodectic mange. He was in pretty bad shape. The poor dog was mostly raw, swollen and oozed of stink. The group did everything to make sure he was going to be on the correct path to recovery and I ended up fostering him,” Winnie said. “Boy is he a different dog now that he has fully recovered. What a handsome boy and such a great dog! I’m happy to say that he has been adopted and is living the good life.”
And at the end of the day, that’s what it is all about. Taking one dog at a time, no matter what their former life might have entailed, and providing them with an opportunity to move into the next positive phase of their life.
“It gives me great pleasure to interact with the rescue dogs and to know that they will not be euthanized.”