Volunteers make a difference at Walker Co. Animal Shelter
People with a love of animals are stepping up to help the Walker County Animal Shelter.
They are brightening the pets’ days while they wait for someone to come take them home.
If Tessi Mohr had it her way, she would adopt them all, but since she can’t, she spends time with them.
“The animals are definitely my passion especially dogs,” Mohr told Channel 3.
Mohr works at the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga but she spends her days off volunteering at the Walker County Animal Shelter.
“They truly appreciate it. It makes a huge difference in their day,” Mohr said.
The number of volunteers has dwindled at the shelter to just a handful, and the staff is small which makes it tough at times.
“Our employees and staff are just basically inundated with taking care of the day to day operations. They just don’t have time to do all of the fun things that would really enrich the lives of the animals because they’re just making sure that the shelter continues to operate,” Joe Legge, Public Relations Director for Walker County Government, said
To make the situation tougher, the shelter has nearly a hundred animals, double its capacity.
That’s why volunteers are desperately needed to help.
“When our volunteers come in, we are grateful for that because they are able to do the things that our employees aren’t,” Legge said.
Volunteers interact with the animals, take them for walks and attend adoption fairs.
“We're all in it for the same reason, so if we can help them do even something as simple as laundry or doing paper, it makes a big difference,” Mohr said.
Mohr knows how difficult the job can be and hopes others will answer the call for help. She says it’s a good feeling to give back.
“When the animals come from that situation and then they turn around and become these happy, healthy, fun-loving dogs that are a great part of a family, I love it. I can't really describe it. It’s just one of those great feelings that you have that you know you've helped in making that dog's journey worth it,” Mohr said.
Right now, there are only six volunteers at the shelter.
Anyone interested in helping should contact the Walker County Animal Shelter located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga, Georgia.
The phone number is (706) 375-2100.