Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
A day in the life of a volunteer is like none other. We look forward to sharing our time and talents for the good of humanity. Some have more time. Others have more talents. But each is willing to take time from their busy lives to help in worthy causes of which there are so many in every community. Volunteering can be done on a very local, a state or national level depending on each person’s interest.
About three years ago I was asked by a friend if I would be interested in volunteering at Elmbrook Humane Society. Since I had recently retired there was a void in my life, so I decided to give it a try. Little did I know what I was in for. During orientation, the bunch of us were being given a tour of the facility. It went something like this, “Here is the volunteer room; the cats & kittens are in these rooms; these rooms are used for counseling/adoptions; all of the adoption dogs are on this side; food is prepared in this room and this is where we wash the dishes and of course, there is always laundry to do”. I was thinking on human terms. Dishes? Piece of cake! Oh no, we’re not talking human dishes, we’re talking water bowls and food bowls for the animals. Lots and lots of dishes, every day, seven days a week. Wow! The same goes for laundry, cleaning the kennels, the floors and windows. Never ending, big jobs, but somebody has to do it!
Little by little I started learning what an effort it takes to run a shelter on a day-to-day basis, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year and I’m still learning. It takes hard work and dedication to all the animals that come and go through the doors here. Staff has a tremendous obligation to watch over the welfare of our temporary guests. We volunteers try to help lighten their load in whatever capacity we feel comfortable. We also have volunteers that are fostering animals, helping with fund raising events, doing mailings, helping at the front desk, taking pictures, and the list goes on and on.Elmbrook Humane Society is blessed to have a good core of volunteers. To each and every one of you who is volunteering from the heart, giving the homeless animals at Elmbrook a second chance at life, a humongous THANK YOU.