Alexis is the jack of all trades: she fosters special needs dogs, she fosters kittens and she even helps out with our shelter marketing! We all kinda want to be like Alexis when we grow up. Read her inspiring volunteer profile below!
What made you get involved with LifeLine?
I have always loved animals, especially cats. Also, as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, I have become accustom to serving the community in meaningful ways. I attended one of Lifeline's Clear the Shelter events and saw how many animals needed help. The fact that the shelters were run on county money made me very aware of the continuous strain on necessary resources. That made me want to get involved and share my talents and skills to make a big impact.
What is your favorite volunteer activity?
I have a few favorite activities. I enjoy walking dogs because it gives them one-on-one attention, much needed exercise and fresh air, and a chance to explore some new surroundings. I like bathing dogs too because, well, who doesn't like a nice hot bath! I also love to foster cats and dogs as they really thrive within a few weeks outside of the shelter. We are able to get them potty trained, crate trained, begin medical treatment if need be, get them acclimated to a schedule, and all of this makes the transition into a forever home super smooth.
How were you able to use your unique set of skills to help LifeLine?
My professional background is in Marketing and I typically enjoy promotions, print advertising, and graphic design. An opportunity arose within the shelter to create some marketing pieces for each animal. The concept of biography flyers came to be so I was added to the team to create the design. I love working on the bio flyers because I get to work with a volunteer team that is equally as dedicated to promoting these animals but it also allows me to create a happy story for each animal versus potential adopter just seeing them looking sad in the shelter.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about volunteering?
If someone is thinking about volunteering I would advise them to not be shy! There are SO many areas within the shelter besides direct animal handling that need assistance that I am sure you would find something that you feel comfortable doing. Something as simple as laundry, storage organization, and bowl washing makes a difference! I love how Lifeline provides opportunities for the community to get involved in so many ways.