Lyndsay Tischer

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
As one of the founders, I have been volunteering since hart was just a concept over 8 years ago. I had volunteered with shelter-less rescue organizations in other locations and upon returning to Edmonton met up with a group of like minded individuals and began developing a grass roots organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of stray and abandoned dogs.

What is your role?
My formal role with hart is two-fold as the Vice President and also as a Director on the Board. What this means in a practical sense is that I am a "Lyndsay-of-all-things-hart". I have had a hand in building each of the functional areas and still coordinate efforts across hart. One of my priorities of late has been building a sustainable model so that hart can help stray and abandoned dogs well into the future as well as continue to grow our spay/neuter initiatives so there are fewer unwanted litters.

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
When I have those moments, I enjoy spending time with my own dogs. If it weren't for hart, some of them wouldn't be around, so they are a good reminder for me. I also enjoy pursuits such as running, bootcamps, cycling, weights, etc. I try to incorporate something active into each day as it also helps me to cope with some of the draining or difficult situations faced in dog rescue. 

In my professional life, I manage the human resource services area of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I would be an all-Alberta rescue mutt and darned proud of my mixed muttigree.  I'd be one of those dogs that would keep everybody guessing about my mixes and wag my tail all the time.

Why do you volunteer with hart?
From a young age I was a dog lover and when I was old enough to put the concepts together, I became a dog rescuer. I have devoted a large amount of time to changing the lives of dogs in need. Building hart, volunteering with hart and making a difference for the dogs has become a critical piece of who I am.

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
There have been so many experiences where I can truly say without our help, certain dogs would not have survived. It is a double-edged sword though, because I also know there are many more that need our help. One day of the year that I look forward to is the PAWTY because it is is one day out we can devote to celebrating for all the dogs that we have helped. Literally watching the weight of survival lift off the shoulders of rescue dogs as they learn to trust or watching as a dog makes a medical recovery is amazing.

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
"Be the change." Dogs are not able to speak for themselves or change the way they are treated, but we can. hart volunteers come from all walks of life but have one thing in common: we love dogs and want to make a difference.