If you’e just joining us in the interview, you may want to page down to Day 1 and read back to this point. I got a chance to visit with Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue last week and we’ve been talking about the feral dogs he rescues and how he got into rescuing. Today Randy talks about rescuers and what makes them different.
JW: Whats different about rescuers? What makes them get out there?
RG: I think one common thread is that we all seem to be the misfits of the world and I mean that in a good way. Im glad Im not quote, unquote normal. Everybody seems to have a lot of compassion behind them and everybody seems to have had maybe a tough childhood or early adulthood. I think they get out of it what I get out it, that feeling of self-worth by helping something thats not capable of helping or speaking for themselves. It draws an eclectic group of people. It really does. I dont want to say anti-social people but maybe a little bit.
JW: What about that little bit?
RG: This is about a dog website, correct? I hear all the time from volunteers how they dont really care for people too much so I think its a lot of people who dont care for people too much.
You ask good questions. You ask different questions than I normally get. I usually have stock answers but for you I dont. Youre really good. You pick up on the things I dont really think about. Then you make me be honest here when I say a lot of us dont really like people. We have over two hundred.
JW: I wont ask you how difficult thats got to be.
RG: Its always hard because theyre volunteers so its not like you can say, oh, you did that wrong or something. You have to always be appreciative of their help.
JW: Well, since a lot of the readers are volunteers themselves what would you say to them about how to volunteer and whats the best way for them?
RG: There are so many different volunteer opportunities at all shelters, but the one key thing is find an organization you feel comfortable volunteering for. If its a kill shelter, make sure youre comfortable with the fact that dog or cat may not be there the next day. If youre okay with that, and it takes a special person to be okay with that and God knows they need the help, then I would say volunteer with a kill shelter. If its something that you cant get past, then volunteer for a no-kill shelter. But it can be, we have volunteers who do a little bit of everything. If you dont like to be involved with the animals because it is too sad, help with the fundraising efforts. I mean, none of this is cheap. Help out, we have someone who comes in and organizes and cleans the office for us. Theres a lot of little things people can do. And the one thing we have so many volunteers for is petting on the dogs. This guy here, Mambo, was just rescued yesterday. Im just hanging out with him so he knows that people are cool.
Come back tomorrow for the last installation in the Randy Grim interview!
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