Tammy Lundy

How many years or month have you been volunteering with hart?
I have been volunteering with hart for a little over a year.

What is your volunteer role within hart?
I'm one of their photographers.

Why do you volunteer with hart?
A hart team member suggested that volunteering might be a solution for me when I was grieving the loss of my 15 year old Lab. I came across hart's website when I started researching rescues in the hope of finding a new buddy and noted that they were holding an adoption event. I attended in order to meet some of their dogs and to hear more about the organization. When some of the volunteers asked if I was looking to adopt, I shared my story with them and they helped me realize that I wasn't quite ready for a new dog yet. It wasn't about just about adopting out their dogs to any home, but to find the right match and fit to ensure a happy household for this life-long commitment. They were passionate about their dogs, but were understanding and compassionate to me as well, and that is when I knew that I wanted to be part of this team.

What do you do when you're not volunteering?
I am a Benefits Consultant.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I'd be a shaggy, dirty, stinky, mess of a dog with an overbite and grin that no one could resist. Because I am dirty and a tad on the smelly side, hart would provide me with a spa day where I would be bathed, clipped and pampered. Following this would be my new adoption photos where I could show you how much better I look with a little love and care as who can resist a good before and after picture?

Tell us about an experience you had while volunteering that made you realize you were making a difference?
I have attended the last few vaccinations parties where I had an opportunity to see that same dogs over a span of a few weeks to months and the transition is amazing not just in appearance but in their character and demeanor. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing a dog go from scared and timid to confident, friendly and outgoing. It really is something that everyone should get to experience.

What advice would you give someone who is considering volunteering?
Just do it. Don't get caught up in how much time it will take up or be scared off by what you might be asked to do. Volunteering with hart gives you the chance to get involved with people who are of the same mind and share the same passion. It also provides an opportunity to try new things regardless of what you have been assigned to (I got to host a hart dog painting party and it was a blast). You don't know what you're missing until you try. You will meet lots of great people, and if you're lucky (and you probably will be), you'll be rewarded with lots of sloppy wet doggy kisses.