One of my favorite things to do on weekends is volunteer for Mighty Mutts here in NYC. I don’t go out every weekend (though there is an adoption drive every Saturday) but when I do, it’s always amazing.
I started volunteering in 2015 after losing my beloved min pin Zelda. Her untimely passing (she was only 8) was truly awful and traumatic for me, and I was crushed for a long time. To be honest, I still have my moments and it’s been almost two years. After she had been gone for a month or so, I found I missed being around dogs. I was in no way ready to adopt one, so I looked to volunteering. It seemed like a good way to get a regular pup fix while helping animals who need it. There are a lot of rescues around the city, but after doing some research, Mighty Mutts seemed like the best fit for me. So I applied, trained, and began volunteering. It’s been wonderful, and I have no plans to stop any time soon.
This past weekend, I got to my shift a bit early, so I could take some pictures of the dogs that were out. I just got a new camera, and I wanted to play with it, so I figured this was a good way. There were only a few pooches out this past weekend, but I managed to get what I think are some good shots.
Please — if you are looking to add a pet to your family, adopt. There are millions of homeless animals out there, and even if you have specific needs you may be able to find what you’re looking for through a shelter or breed rescue. Never, ever buy from a pet store, as they are supplied by puppy mills.