Micaela Friesen

How long have you been volunteering with hart?
Since May 2013

What is your volunteer role within hart?
I started on the Fundraising Team, as well as helping out at events with whatever was needed. When I realized that I wasn't very good at asking people for money or free things, I was transitioned to the Adoptions Team where I screen potential adopters who are looking to give hart's dogs a home! I am also hart's Social Media Coordinator and help out in other areas where I can such as adoption and fundraising events. I feel so lucky to be part of such an awesome group!

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I am a Recruiter for an IT company by day and after hours I enjoy the 'Netflix and Chill' sort of nights. I love trying out new recipes, getting my fitness on at boot camp, drinking tea (or wine!) and online shopping. I also spend a lot of my spare time networking on Instagram and Twitter where I raise awareness for the not-so-lucky homeless and death row dogs across North America for various rescue groups.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I would be a very cuddly and quiet dog who just wants a lap to cuddle into and a soft human hand to give me love and affection. Oh and I would likely be a Boston Terrier because I am obsessed!!

Why do you volunteer with hart?
I had been looking for a reputable rescue to dedicate my spare time to as I became more aware of the population of homeless dogs in Alberta and have found the perfect fit within hart! The lengths they go to, to rescue dogs and make their lives better is incredible. We aren't looking for just anyone to adopt the dogs we rescue; we are looking for the RIGHT forever home to send our dogs to and that is so important to me. I feel like I am a small part of something bigger that is making a difference in this sometimes cruel world.

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
I wouldn't say that it is just one experience but it is each and every time that I see that email come into my inbox that a hart dog has been adopted to a family or person that I screened. It always brings a tear (or tears) to my eye knowing that a once neglected and homeless dog now has a warm home to call its own and I was a part of that.

What advice would you give someone who is considering volunteering?
No matter how much time you have to donate or what your strengths are, you will find the right volunteer role with hart. They will work with you to find that spot and you won't regret your decision to be a volunteer! Be the person your dog thinks you are :)