Harness your intentions
As you know hart is run entirely by volunteers. Our
volunteers do everything:
- Fostering dogs,
- Running the foster program,
- Rescuing dogs,
- Coordinating spays and neuters,
- Fund raising,
- Coordinating the adoption of our awesome dogs,
- Coordinating veterinary visits and treatments,
- Liaising with Field Volunteers,
- Arranging food for our food program,
- Accounting for our funds,
- Building policies and procedures.
The list goes on and on.
Without the compassion and commitment of our volunteers we
wouldn't have been able to make a difference in the lives of stray
and abandoned dogs since 2003. And we hope that with our
volunteers, we will be able to make a difference long into the
Why do we have such highly committed volunteers?
Every volunteer has a different motivation for spending their
time and effort in an unpaid capacity. Most people respond to
three different levels of motivation.
A self serving drive will take individuals to organizations that
fulfill their needs. That may be a need for networking, a
need for skills development or a need for association. Once
the individual's need changes, these volunteers will move on unless
a higher level of motivation has been activated.
A relational drive will bring individuals into the volunteer mix
because someone has asked them. Think of the husband who
volunteers because his wife is involved with a cause. These
volunteers have been recruited by a friend and they may stay, but
only if a higher level of motivation has been activated.
A belief drive brings the strongest level of commitment.
These volunteers are expending their energies on a cause that they
believe in. When individuals believe in the cause of an
organization, even if that cause costs the individual personal
sacrifice, they are highly motivated. These are the
individuals that will drop their Christmas morning breakfast into a
doggie bag and head out to save a dog in need. These are the
individuals who will open their homes to foster a dog in
need. These are the individuals who stay up late at night
coordinating volunteers and events.
Regardless of what the motivation is for volunteers joining
hart, we hope that through their experience, they are able to
visualize a world where every dog has a home. We hope that we
activate that higher level of motivation and commitment.
We know that we have an amazing crew of volunteers who have been
touched by a dog, a story or an event that will stay with them
forever. They believe that we can reduce the amount of
suffering that stray and abandoned dogs endure and they harness
their intentions to make a difference.