Sarah Toma

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
I started at the end of 2013, beginning of 2014.

What is your volunteer role within hart?
My main roll within hart is Photography. My Fiance and myself had just begun to get into dog photography and were looking for a little more practice and experience. I stumbled upon hart and figured it would be a win-win situation. While my main roll is still helping with adoption photos, event photography, and various other photography tasks, I have recently began helping with hart's Facebook page. I am sure over time I will branch out and try other tasks, and hopefully foster some dogs as well.

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
Aside from my job with EPL, my biggest focus lately has been trying to develop and grow our dog photography business. I got my first "grown-up" camera in January of 2013 and have been self-teaching myself ever since. I also love wasting time online on sites such as Pinterest, ETSY, Flickr, and on and on. Bottom line, I love doing artsy / crafty things and need a steady creative outlet to be happy.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I think I would be a mixed breed of some sort. After coming from a rough background, I would just want a safe and loving home and would give them everything in return.

Why do you volunteer with hart?
I feel that in today's digital world the importance of good quality photographs is very important. I believe that by getting to know each dog individually and taking the time to get good quality photos we are doing our part in helping dogs get adopted.

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
Seeing the before and after in the dogs they rescue. Now that I have been with hart for a while I have gotten to see the whole process with a few dogs. While some come and go quickly, some require time, resources, and love. To see these dogs transform in such a short time is truly amazing and so rewarding. Seeing people comment on photographs that I have taken also speaks for itself.

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
If you have considered it, then what are you waiting for?! There are so many opportunities to help that pretty much anyone could find something they would enjoy doing and that would benefit hart.