Brianne Wilson

How many years or months have you been volunteering with hart? 
That's a very good question and one I can't really answer.  I believe 2 years, but it has been so much fun time has flown by.  So it could be longer!

What is your volunteer role within hart? 
I would say I'm known as one of the merchandise volunteers.  I love selling the artwork I call "Paw-casso's" at various public events throughout the City.

Why do you volunteer with hart?  
I have a strong opinion that service is the rent you pay for living.   There is nothing more rewarding than giving back to your community, especially to the most innocent of creatures that need our protection, love and persistence.  Seeing the transformations in our rescues is reason enough to keep going!

What do you do when you are not volunteering? 
I also volunteer with another animal rescue walking dogs about once a week, along with walking my own fur baby Winston.  Other than that I'm passionate about photography, yoga, travelling and my full time job.  When I travel I make a point to visit local SPCA's or animal rescues and donate some money to them as well.  One island in particular, Tobago, has seen immense reduction in their animal population thanks to a spay/neuter initiative throughout their tiny little island.  It's heart wrenching to see dogs in third world countries - I have shed more tears than I can count but knowing there are so many people out there just like us who love animals is very inspiring.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be? 
If we are talking breed I would certainly be a mutt!  If we are talking personality wise I would probably be a 90 pound dog who thinks it's a 5 pound lap dog.  I would love nothing more to cuddle up on the couch and nap all day long!

Tell us about an experience you had while volunteering with hart that made you realize you were making a difference.  
Every time I see someone's eyes light up when they realize exactly how our art work is made I know we are making a difference, especially when it's children.  Educating the next generation is of utmost importance and if we can do that through art work and Steffi's book I think that is great!!     I haven't been involved in the actual rescue efforts and I'm not able to foster (yet) for HART so I give back as much as I can by educating the public about HART and the amazing dogs we rescue.  I love seeing that we have HART followers who continuously come back for more artwork and know the stories of our artists.

What advice would you give someone who is considering volunteering?  
Do it!!!  As I said above there is nothing more rewarding than giving back.  I am in awe every day of the other HART volunteers and how big their hearts are whether it's fostering, organizing, canvassing for donations, searching for a missing dog and the other merchandise volunteers.  This is such an inspiring group to be part of and seeing the stories of our rescues is nothing short of amazing.  There are so many volunteer opportunities for different personalities there is no reason not too!!