Tanya Laughren

How long have you been volunteering with hart?
I would say about seven months now. 

What is your volunteer role?
I started off as a Foster home and then became the Supply Volunteer at Vaccination Parties.  Somehow I wiggled my way into the Supply Coordinator Position although I am still figuring out exactly what that means!

Why do you volunteer with hart?
Actually... I became very frustrated after many months of trying to find an appropriate role with two other organizations.  Communication was weak, organization was lacking and overall commitment to the animals was nil.  When I found hart through facebook and complete three conversations with three separate volunteers, I realized that this was the organization for me.  Even though everyone is a volunteer, it is a very professional organization that understands the important of follow through, doing what they say and continuing to grow even if that requires change.  Plus, their "policies and procedures" with the animals mirror everything I stand for so it was a perfect match!

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I work full time for the City of Edmonton marketing their services and products.  I am active in the gym, have a great circle of friends and enjoy my down time just hanging around the house.  Nothing too earth shattering here!

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
I am very fortunate to be involved with vaccination parties.  It is so heartbreaking to see the dogs come through intake scared, shy, injured and/or angry.  For most, it just takes two short weeks filling with a little love, a comfortable place to lay their heads and a full belly for them to be changed forever.  They will come to the next vaccination part with their head up, their tail wagging and a look in their eye like they know life is only going to get better.  It is truly breathtaking to see how quickly the change can happen.  Plus, I get to see each and every foster and medical volunteer so it makes me realize that I am just a very small piece of a giant puzzel.

What advice would you give someone looking to volunteer?
There are so many different tasks that need to be done at hart, there is definitely one for every personality.  From those that are reserved and shy, to those that want to take the stage and lead the show and those that prefer to get their hands dirty rather than walk a dog.   I would suggest talking to the volunteer coordinator so that they can find the right task for you that will have you comfortable, motivated and wanting to be part of the hart family.  Even if you have an hour a month or can only volunteer every once in awhile, just do it as it will make all the difference in the dogs.