Kat Hall

How long have you been volunteering with hart?
I first started fostering with hart in September of 2009, so it's been a little over three years now. 

What is your volunteer role within hart?
Initially, I started out as a foster home, and after 7 foster dogs, I became a "foster failure" and adopted Eddie (the handsome white fella in the photo). Shortly after that, I began screening potential foster homes, and not long later I took on the role of foster liaison and board member. In this role, I provide support to our foster homes, determine placement plans, coordinate our foster team volunteers, and take on various board responsibilities. Plus, I help out in any other way I can from adoption days to paw paintings to events like Pet Expo. 

Why do you volunteer with hart? 
I love the dogs. I believe everyone needs to find something to be passionate about, get involved, and make a difference. hart allows me to do that! 

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I work full-time at MacEwan University as a Writing & Learning Consultant, which essentially means I help students improve their academic skills in order to succeed. The rest of my time is taken up with the boring day-to-day activities being an adult requires; I sure do wish I were still a kid some days! Travel is my other passion, and whenever time and money permit, I try to see a little bit more of the world. 

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
Eddie. He's a big softie who just wants to please everyone. I've always had a hard time saying no :)

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
I can't really nail it down to one experience. As a foster parent, I watched each of my fosters grow from a scared, confused, and neglected pooch into confident, happy, well-loved dogs. As a core member of the hart team now, I get to see that same thing happen many times over. That moment when one of my fosters walks away with his or her new family is heartbreaking and I cry every time, but they're tears of joy that yet another pup has the chance for a better life - every adoption means one more dog can be rescued.