Kaylee Laventure

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
Almost 3 years now... holy smokes!

What is your role?
A little bit of everything. I am part of the foster vetting team, I was part of the Run for Rescues 2012 planning team, I attend events doing whatever needs to be done, I help with the hart art... I will basically do anything.

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I think about volunteering... (just kidding!) I like to spend time with my family, friends, boyfriend, and my bunny Goober. I also like watching movies, baking, and doing all sorts of do-it-yourself projects. 

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I would be the big cuddly rescue dog who is far too big to be a lap dog but tries anyway. I just like to cuddle...

Why do you volunteer with hart?
It started as a personal reason, to help myself move past the loss of my own dog. But the more time I spent with the people at hart and the more time I spent with the dogs - at adoption days, and events, and spay neuter clinics - it just sort of became a part of my life. You start to see the difference you're making in the lives of these dogs and it's a pretty touching thing. 

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
Probably the two things that have had the greatest effect on me, are the spay/neuter clinics, and watching the progression of some of the sick, injured, and unhealthy dogs that come in. The clinics are a great, first hand view of the conditions these dogs come from and the reality of the overpopulation problem. And nothing is more rewarding than seeing a dog come into hart's care in rough shape, and then watching him or her grow and learn and find a permanent loving home. 

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
Just do it. Pick an event and come out. Meet some of our other volunteers, and of course some of the dogs. It's actually a lot of fun! I also like to recommend attending a spay/neuter clinic at some point. They're certainly not for everyone, but they really help to put things into perspective and show what kind of a difference you are making by volunteering your time.