Congratulations to George Ellis, the GRRA November Volunteer of the Month! George is a dedicated volunteer who performs many duties, including intake team, placement, transporter, foster, Adoption Day volunteer, and home check volunteer. In addition to all of that, he is serving as a point of contact for two special needs dogs. He is helping to determine the best forever homes for these GRRA dogs. As one of GRRA people who nominated him summed it up, “George seems to be everywhere doing everything!” Those of us who are GRRA volunteers can attest to that. When asked how he felt to be chosen as the November Volunteer of the Month, George stated, “It is an honor. I know that it wouldn't be possible without the help of so many other dedicated people here at GRRA so I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their support. GRRA wouldn’t be able to do all it does without all of the volunteers and members.”
George became involved with GRRA in 2012. After a 30+-year career with several airlines, George decided it was time to retire. He longed to be home at night and knew this meant he could finally get a dog (or two). George had always loved dogs, especially retriever types, and had had two beautiful Chesapeake Bay Retrievers when he was young. Years before, George had fallen in love with a friend's golden, Bentley, whom he had known from when he was a puppy. Bentley had a wonderful full life. George shared, “I learned all about what goofy, magnificent souls goldens are.” As goldens lovers, many of us know exactly what George is talking about. He continued, “I am so glad GRRA was at the top of my Google search!” So are we, George, as we gained a wonderful volunteer and friend.
George said it was difficult to choose his most rewarding moment while volunteering at GRRA because he has had so many. “However,” he continued, “It is very rewarding picking up scared dogs from a shelter. It is so gratifying to be able to walk outside with these dogs and observe them taking in the views and fresh air during their rides to freedom!” He also loves to see the transformation in so many dogs that didn’t get “their fair shake the first or second time around.” Many of us in rescue echo that sentiment and are, like George, thrilled to see wonderful dogs finally get the great homes they deserve.
Thank you, George, for your dedication to GRRA and our beloved goldens. You are making a difference in many dogs’ lives and we truly appreciate all you do!
If reading George’s story has inspired you to volunteer, please apply to volunteer online at http://www.grra.com/volunteer/apply A GRRA volunteer will be happy to talk with you about volunteer opportunities.