Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
At The Grateful Dog, we have a world community of volunteers. The people who find themselves rescuing dogs in countries far far away are exceptional in many ways. Not only do they have considerable education and experience, they are generally world travelers, speak at least 2 languages, have dual citizenship, live/work in two or more countries, are professional people with expertise in medicine, law, IT, ESL, marketing and human resources. They are business people. Some are retired from business and teaching; some have given up jobs and careers and relocated.
They feel passionately about changing the outcome for a single animal or many, living in places that are inhospitable. Some have spent a vacation in one of these environments and could not leave – ever.
Working in the office, we frequently find ourselves with multiple Facebook chats going. We will be talking with a person who works in Qatar, has a business in Istanbul, and a farm in Romania – one person! The other chats are with people who want to make a difference with their lives and money in Spain, Oman, Mexico and all over the world. They do not consider themselves heroes. Their work is what gives purpose to their lives. Read about these individuals in “Notes from the Trenches”.