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I volunteered! Will you join me?
by Chad Burgess, Director of Volunteer Services at MARS
I was nervous the first time I signed up to volunteer with an animal rescue, primarily by the thousands of misconceptions that rolled through my head. I sat back with my partner and said simply, “If it does not feel right we can always stop.” She agreed and away we went. I thought there is no way I will ‘fit’ in, I am not a vegetarian or member of PETA, and we will be the oddballs in the crowd. See those were two of my misconceptions. My wife and I are both small town kids, raised in the rural environment and just old enough to remember the time when a family farm was a viable option to support a family.
I was born in Missouri, and lived at various times in Kansas and Iowa as well. Although my immediate family did not farm, we were dependent on the success of agribusiness, as well as my entire extended family that farmed or worked in agribusiness. I was raised to respect and care for all animals, no matter what their status. Bottle feeding calves when udders failed to milk, and cuddling with companion animals both dog and cat. I even remember my grandfather caring for pet raccoons and skunks when it was discovered their mothers had abandoned them. I believed all animal rescues would despise a person like me, that I had to be vegetarian or better yet vegan, that my heritage of farming would be considered cruel and unusual punishment. I was wrong.
I arrived and discovered a diverse group of people all with various beliefs and backgrounds, who might disagree on many points, but were united as one to end suffering and neglect of dogs and cats, our typical companion animals. I became immersed in a community and extended family, yes we would disagree but we were bonded behind one goal, one purpose to help as many as we can until the optimistic day that we are no longer needed.
I had other misconceptions as well. We, as a society, have shelters and they are able to handle all the animals in need. I would be expected to give up my entire life, my home, and take in and foster every dog or cat that came by. I, as one person, would not be able to see an impact. I was wrong, wrong, and WRONG again.
It has been a number of years since I first stepped into rescue, and now I am privileged and honored that I am able to make it my full time commitment. Now I WANT YOU! What are your misconceptions? All these animals are broken. Wrong. I am not able to foster and that is all you need. Wrong, although we always need more foster homes. I can only commit an hour or two a month or volunteer casually, you won’t want me. Wrong again.
There are a number of opportunities here at Midwest Animal Rescue & Services and no time commitment is too small. As the largest rescue in Minnesota we have a number of opportunities in all areas of the rescue, and you will have an impact, you will save lives.
Need further motivation? Did you know that individuals with community service backgrounds are sought after applicants? Did you know that you will gain valuable experience to put on your resume, for that next career or educational opportunity?
So will you join me? Will you help me in creating a larger community, a volunteer army of sorts, working hard together, all unique individuals united for a single purpose. All hopeful that one day our work will be done.