Alison Palmer

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
I started fostering in December of 2012 and then started taking on other volunteer jobs in the spring of 2013.

What is your volunteer role within hart?
My biggest role is fostering. I also help the treasurer by depositing money, keeping track of donations, and sending out thank you cards to donors. Lately I've been very busy working on the charitable donation tax receipts! I have also recently started helping out on the adoptions side by scheduling dogs for Adoption Days. 

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I teach grade 3 at Bessie Nichols School.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I think I would be a rescue dog that would feel very happy to finally have a bath and get my fur brushed because I like to dress up and feel pretty!

Why do you volunteer with hart?
Because volunteering in general is very important to me. I am a very fortunate person and it is important to me to give back. And I chose hart specifically because it is a wonderful organization that does very important work. I like to think that hart makes a difference not only to the dogs, but also to the people in their target community by providing education and spay and neuter clinics. I have also enjoyed meeting so many fabulous, like-minded people. I am constantly amazed by the dedication and commitment displayed by so many people at hart. 

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
When I received a thank you card in the mail from hart after fostering my first dog that said, "Thank you for helping us to save Halo's life." And also when my good friends ended up adopting Halo. Not only did Halo get a great new life, but my friends got a new family member that they love very much. 

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
I would just say, think about what your own talents and abilities are and then offer them up! There are so many ways to help; everyone can find a role that suits them with hart!