As a volunteer at the local SPCA, Marjorie entered the shelter with the intention of providing attention and love to improve the animals’ lives, but the earnest affection she provided was more than reciprocated, ultimately improving her own life. Working at the shelter, she was confronted with certain discomforts: the loud barking, cleaning up waste and the deep ache she felt when meeting a neglected or abandoned animal. However, the sincere joy of interacting with the dogs and cats by brightening their day overwhelmed any reservations.
At the shelter, she could leave all her worries behind and fully engross herself with the needs of the animals. She was struck by the happy and hopeful countenance of so many of the animals despite their situation. When the animals acted timid in this chaotic setting, it reminded her of how important it is that these animals find caring homes. Working with the shy dogs and cats has taught her to be very patient and gentle. The progression may be slow, but by simply being a calm, positive presence for the dog or cat , you can help them gain trust and comfort. It was so satisfying when one of these animals finally allowed her to pet them and sought out her attention.
Each week as she left the shelter, she left with the same feeling of contentment and happiness. Marjorie shared that her dream career is to become an actress and use that platform to be an ambassador for all shelter animals. Good luck!