Looking for a volunteer project that involves photography is usually easy but I was looking for something different. Something that would be fun but would also have, perhaps, a meaningful and immediate impact.
I thought about what had touched my own life this year. My kids were getting older, leaving the nest, and my two rescue dogs had brought such joy into our house. Saving a dog was something I had never done before and the whole experience was awesome. So the volunteer project took focus.
One by one I took my kids and my friends up to a little town called Huntley, Illinois where there is a little shelter called Animal House Shelter. (www.animalhouseshelter.com) No one even felt like they were volunteering, it was all fun. Driving through the countryside, eating cider donuts and drinking hot chocolate and then arriving at a pretty little red barn and playing with the dogs.
There were all kinds of dogs. Purebreds as well as mutts. Big ones and little ones. Cute ones and funny looking ones. Some were shy and some were outgoing. They all had one thing in common. They were friendly and sweet and affectionate. It was as if they knew they had one chance to look their best so that they might become ours.
The ride home in the car was a little quieter. We talked about which dogs we liked the most and we wondered if what we were doing would make a difference. I’m writing this on Christmas Eve and, so far, this project has helped six dogs find homes for the holidays.
Animal House Shelter, located in Huntley, Illinois, is open every day of the year from 11am till 7pm. Even on Christmas. And even on Christmas Eve.
And if you want to volunteer with us going forward just give us a call … because this project isn’t over yet.