Alisa Peckham

How many years or months have you been volunteering with hart? 
I have been volunteering with Hart for about 9 months (since June/14).

What is your volunteer role within hart? 
I volunteer with hart as a photographer.

Why do you volunteer with hart?  
After following Hart's facebook page, I became aware of the number of homeless and abandoned dogs in the surrounding areas of Edmonton. I have had many dogs in my life that have brought me so much joy and love and I wanted to give back. Since I was unable to foster, I thought I would offer my photography in hopes it would help dogs get adopted and help bring awareness to what these dogs live through to survive. I strive to show how beautiful these dogs are and their unique personalities in their adoption photos with the ultimate goal that someone sees their photos and they are adopted into loving homes.

What do you do when you are not volunteering? 
I work as a Registered Nurse on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I believe my work and volunteering with Hart share many similarities. Mainly, working as a team and being an advocate for the vulnerable.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be? 
I would be the cautious, sensitive dog but with a humorous side. Once you gained my trust, I would be loyal and affectionate but would need my own space too. I would be of medium energy, preferring walks and runs in the woods and cuddles on the couch.

Tell us about an experience you had while volunteering with hart that made you realize you were making a difference.  
Being a photographer with Hart, I have many opportunities to see dogs when they first come in to Harts care during Intake photo sessions. They come to Hart full of fear, distrust and often with medical issues. I am able to show people through pictures what harsh conditions these dogs endure and their amazing transformations, while in foster care, into happy, healthy dogs.

What advice would you give someone who is considering volunteering?  
There are many different types of volunteer roles you can choose from so there is something for everyone. Every volunteer makes a difference! I was scared to take the leap as I am my own worst photography critic. But, as challenging as it can be, I have learned so much and made really good friends. Volunteering with Hart has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.