I have loved dogs all my life. For as long as I can remember, there was at least one dog, usually several, in my home growing up. I guess my love of dogs came from my parents. Most were strays or rescues and all left paw prints on my heart. My wife and I had dachshunds as children so it is no surprise that we currently have four ruling our home. They are all girls ranging from 9 to 18.5 years young and are spoiled on a daily basis.
Rhea Smith is featured as our June 2015 volunteer of the month. She has helped out our organization in a variety of ways, including transporting both dogs and supplies, as well as learning one of our most challenging tasks – meeting with and establishing relationships with dogs owners.
Diane Carter grew up in Minnesota and moved to Ohio in 2003 where she was a Realtor with Better Homes & Gardens Big Hill from 2005 to 2013. She was very involved in Dayton Area Board of Realtors as past chairperson of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee, and Vice-Chair on the Community Services Committee. Diane was awarded the 2012 Marie Kindrick Fair Housing award. She was also involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors as VP of Membership, co-chairperson of Community Projects, Communications committee and was to be 2013 President-Elect but had to retire from Real Estate because of health problems. Diane is still active with Habitat for Humanity though, where she is part of the Family Selection Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of Lost and Found Ministries which helps with a home, life skills and jobs for ex-felons.
As far back as she can remember Jenny was always bringing home stray animals. She states she is very sensitive to the needs of animals. Because she doesn’t have children, she treats her fur babies like her kids. She has two dogs, Charlie and Lucy, and a cat named Simon. She also tries to help animals she comes across in need, even if that means having to dedicate a lot of time and energy to doing so.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I really didn’t understand the joy that dogs could bring to people’s lives until I met my wife Chrissy. My first memory of dogs being a part of my life was when my family and I moved from England to rural Australia when I was 10. My Nan’s had two dogs, Bonnie and Katrina. When we moved into our farm house, Spot (creative name… I know) became the family pet. A cute Miniature Fox Terrier
Heather Baker Harphant has been chosen as our very first volunteer to be showcased in our monthly volunteer spotlight. Heather is one of our awesome Outreach volunteers. She is always willing to talk to everyone and makes time to help us out, even though she has a full-time job as a nurse, a family, and has numerous other volunteer duties. Heather and her family have three dogs and currently also provides a loving home for one foster dog. She works with Joseph’s Legacy, where she is an active volunteer as well as a foster for animals.