Rose Kievit

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
Since the beginning of May 2015

What is your role?
I am a part of the Behavior Team as a case work and phone assessor what it's needed. 

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I don't work as I'm on permanent disability, so I am taking  classes in herbology and I help take care of my god daughter and god son. I also look after my own fur babies - a rescue dog named Astro, and a cat named Ninja.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
A friendly and very loyal one. I would be so grateful that I would do anything to please you and make sure you're happy and safe. I would rescue you because you rescued me. 

Why do you volunteer with hart?
I have a passion for animals in need. I love dogs, and I just want to help when there is one in a bad situation. Hart has given me that opportunity, and now other than just adopting, I get to see and be a part of "behind the scenes" before the adoption process. I get to be involved with the dogs, though it might just be a phone call or email, but I get to see how they improve from the time they come into care, to the time they are adopted and it's very rewarding. 

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
So far, one of the dogs I'm a caseworker for - the dog had started fighting with the resident dog, with fast action, tips, tricks, advice, home visits the problem was stopped and fixed with in days and now that dog had possibly found a new family. How happy and loving these dogs are once they are in their foster homes and the progress they are making. It makes me feel really good that we were able to get them and bring them to these points and they can be dogs who can know a life of love and safety. 

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
Do it! Find a rescue that makes you comfortable and welcome, and do it! The reward is amazing! You have to have compassion, and be willing to see outside the box. Sometimes, the situation isn't good and can be heart breaking, but keep in mind while one may not be saved there are so many more that have been and can be.