I do my mentorship at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.
My mentor is Samantha Threadgill, she is the Director of Developments and Communications.
What I do
I go to the Humane Society every week and help out with whatever they need. I go on Mondays, which means they aren't open to the public. Since there aren't many volunteers on Mondays I usually start off my day by walking dogs.
What i do cont.
After walking dogs, I will do other tasks that my mentor has for me. These have been things like cleaning, logging volunteer hours, framing artwork (for fundraising events), and writing thank you notes to adoption angels.
What I have Learned
I have learned very useful things throughout my mentorship experience. I learned how to work with and handle animals. I now have some experience with office work, like cleaning things, logging data into spread sheets, writing thank you notes, and addressing and putting stamps on envelopes. I have seen all kinds of things, from animals being dropped off illegally to animals who are happy to just be alive. All of these things taught me about the different personalities of animals and how to handle them.
How this will help me in the future
The things that I mentioned above will all help me in my future. I can apply the office skills to any job that I will have. I hope to find a job in the future helping animals like the ones I see every week. Every animal deserves a loving home; and I believe that going to the Humane Society every week has helped me develop skills that will help me to improve animal welfare in shelters in my future. I also believe that experience is more helpful in life than book knowledge. I know that the experiences that I have of working with these animals will be very beneficial to my future endeavors.
I am 17 years old. I attend Johnson High School, and I'm also dual enrolled at UNG. I love animals and adopted my dog, JC, from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in July of 2016.
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