I have been a volunteer for a fairly local greyhound kennels for 7 years now and I love it.
I thought I would write a short blog post to encourage other people to volunteer too. Many rescues rely on their volunteers and they are often integral to the rescue. The volunteers mean that the dogs in the rescues care get just that little bit extra. If you have dog skills of any kind, especially if you like walking or just spending time with the dogs you will be valuable. Often staff in rescue kennels are not able to give the dogs as much 1-1 time as they would like, and that is where the volunteers come in.
I very rarely have time to work with more than 2 or 3 hounds, but it makes such a difference to their day. I always spend time with my favourite greyhound Dizzy who as far as I know has been in kennels all her life, so the bits of extra time she gets with people are sources of joy to her.
As I work with them I can see them relax and unwind and my time is normally spent giving them some mental stimulation. Nosework and finding treats are things that greyhounds have often never done before but they adore finding the treats and spending a bit of time with an individual person.