Congratulations to Paula Rosenberg, the GRRA May Volunteer of the Month!
Paula, one of GRRA’s long-time volunteers, has been volunteering since 2000! After she moved to Atlanta, Paula wanted to get involved in the community by volunteering. She was also interested in adopting a dog and thought volunteering for GRRA might be a good way to see how the adoption process worked. She started at the Adoption Days as an applicant escort. Paula felt it was a great way to get to know the organization and the other volunteers. An added benefit, Paula said, was meeting all of the great goldens.
In addition to working at the Adoption Days, Paula does home checks. She said she enjoys doing them and sees her role as being “the eyes and ears for the fosters and organization” to make sure GRRA is finding just the right home for their goldens. After learning how to give allergy shots to one of her dogs, Paula was recruited to help Barry Levine with microchipping the GRRA dogs. Paula says it is worth the unhappy looks she sometimes receives from the dogs because it is very important for the dogs to be chipped to make sure they can be identified and their owners contacted if they ever get lost.
If you are reading this article in the GRRA newsletter, you can probably imagine the time and energy it takes to put the it together. Paula had the big job of being the GRRA Newsletter Editor for several years until recently when she rotated out of the position. Paula was awarded the VOM in large part to thank her for the time she has invested in the being the Editor the last few years. When she was asked how she felt to be chosen as the May Volunteer of the Month, she stated, “Whenever I see these VOM articles, everyone says they feel like they don’t deserve the award. I feel the same way. There are so many other volunteers who do so much more than I do! I’m just honored that folks appreciate my contribution to the cause.” We absolutely do, Paula!
Paula finds it particularly rewarding to see a golden happy and thriving in their forever home. She shared, “Going to the Rescue Romp is a great way to see these ‘happily-ever-afters.’ I like the feeling that I helped to make that happen. With such a great group of volunteers, when I can’t give GRRA my full attention, I know it keeps going. And, then when time permits, I am able to come back and give some more.”
Paula, like many other GRRA volunteers, has met and adopted her dogs through the organization. She stated, “I know, first hand, how wonderful it is to have these dogs in my life. Some come to me not entirely sure of things. It’s amazing when you finally see them let go and be goofy dogs for the first time. It makes my heart burst!”
Paula wanted to let other GRRA volunteers who may not have the time they used to have to volunteer that she can relate. She recommends to others to not let that be a deterrent in volunteering again. She explained, “If you can’t do your previous position, just ask what you can do with the time you do have. There is always something you can help with!” That is great advice that also applies to potential volunteers who may have limited time to spend volunteering. Please don’t let that stop you! You can apply to volunteer at http://www.grra.com/volunteer/apply and someone will contact you to help find a position that you will enjoy and fits the time you have to give. GRRA and our goldens can always use your help!