Working in the RSPCA vet surgery as a volunteer is interesting. Each day your heart is broken and two seconds later resuscitated. When I arrived for my shift on Tuesday, the expected happened when I met ‘Lexie’, (picture below) a dog that was recovering from surgery for her fractured leg and who loved cuddles!
Lexie was unable to move, so I lovingly hand fed her the mushy slop, forgetting that the smell will be forever under my nails and held up her water bowl as she lapped at the liquid. When I thought that I’d petted her enough, as she had fallen asleep, I would move to shut her door, and lo and behold she would wake up and automatically start whimpering.
Even though I had duties awaiting me in the reception area, I knew that my fellow workers would understand that showering love onto a recovering animal is important. Most of my shifts as a volunteer is doting tender loving care onto these animals that may have experienced some not so loving situations.
The hardest thing each shift is walking out empty handed. But an uplifting one is the amazing people I work alongside with and seeing the passion they have for these animals they have never met before, it gives me the warm and fuzzies to know I’m right beside them, doing something for our four legged friends…I hope none of them read this!
Proud RSPCA Vollie