Providing a respite of peace for homeless animals

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a strong love of animals. As I have gotten older, I realized there are not enough resources for animals who need help, which is why I take time out of my busy schedule to volunteer. Further, there aren’t even enough people who want to help animals because they think it will be a sad experience.

I have always been passionate about helping animals. My volunteer journey began with Friends of Linden Animal Shelter in Linden, New Jersey, which is dedicated to finding lifelong, committed and loving homes for unwanted pets or unclaimed strays regardless of the manner they arrived.  I volunteered at Friends of Linden for 4 years.  Now, my work is with Husky House in Matawan. Husky House is an organization that is dedicated to helping abandoned Siberian Huskies and various other breeds of dogs experience a second chance at life with a place to call home. I have been a volunteer with Husky House for two years and have loved every minute of it.

From fostering senior-aged dogs in my home to taking care of the dogs in the shelter to working adoption events and fundraising, Husky House has been my home away from home. I am proud of all the volunteer work I do, but one particular time stands out that hold closest to my heart. Through the Husky House, I was able to foster an 18-year-old chihuahua that was found in a trash can. I brought him to my home and cared for him for three months before he eventually passed away. He was very sick, but because I was able to provide him with a healthy and stable home as he neared the end of his long life, he was able to live a couple of extra years with us.

Every little bit counts for these animals because without us volunteers, they would have nothing. Although people may think it would be hard or sad to walk into a shelter of homeless animals, the rewarding feeling of happiness after a day with these loving creatures means the world to both you and them.

I urge everyone to dedicate some time to volunteer for an organization that is near and dear to your heart. The gratitude and feeling of accomplishment is amazing and it will not go unnoticed.

Arianna Williams - Senior Administrative Assistant to the SVP

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