Name: Kaylea Cox
From: Pomeroy, Ohio
School: meigs high school
When I first started volunteering at the local dog shelter was in the
winter of December two thousand and thirteen. It was so cold every
day I volunteered during December that I would have to bundle up in
layers of clothing just to stay warm.
We would have all the heaters running from the office all the way to the
front door of the dog shelter to keep us and the dogs warm.
It was so cold that we could not use the water there because if we did
the water would freeze on us and then we wouldn’t be able to use
Every day, I would walk in the doors go to the office, drop off my stuff
off and then I’d head of the office and start working.
I would gather up all the food bowls, dump the water bowls so that
fresh water could be put in the water bowls and I would pick up the
beds so that someone could spray but if it was too cold then they
would scoop up the doggy business.
While someone was spraying or scooping up the doggy business. I would be
washing bowls even though the water was freezing and cold.
Once they were done spraying or scooping up doggy business, filling up the
water bucks and putting the beds down. I would then counted how many
dogs there were inside and grab the number of bowls I would need to
feed the inside dogs.
Once I was done doing that, I would then walk out back to check on the
outside dogs to see if they had hay in their boxes. Then I would feed
and water them.
Once the day was over I would head back home into the warmth of my house.
Also in the winter of December two thousand and thirteen I adopted my
second dog Rocky from the shelter.
In the summer of two thousand and fourteen, it would be so hot out that
we would have the fans running throughout the whole entire shelter.
Every day I would do the same routine as I did in the winter of December of
two thousand and thirteen.
I loved volunteering every day that summer because I got to see the
dogs not only that but I got to see my favorite buddy, Jackson the
Every day when I would walk into his kennel, he would get so excited that
he would jump up on me and wrap his front legs around my waist like
he would be giving me a hug.
When I get attached to the dogs out there, especially Jackson. It was so
hard not to cry when they get adopted but I didn’t care I would let
the tears fall down my cheeks.
I cried so hard the day my buddy Jackson got adopted because when I get
so attached to the dogs out there. It is so hard to let them go and
to say goodbye because when I saw them every day they became a part
of my life.
When the winter of December of two thousand and fourteen came it was even
colder than it was in December of two thousand and thirteen.
I do the same routine every day that I did in the winter of December of
two thousand and thirteen and the summer of two thousand and
When I started school my junior year, when I didn’t have school I would
go out to the dog shelter and do my same routine I did every day.
The summer of two thousand and fifteen was the hottest summer we have
ever had out there at the dog shelter.
As usual I did the same routine as I did in the winter of December of
two thousand and thirteen, the summer of two thousand and fourteen
and when I didn’t have school my junior year.
When I started school my senior year this year, I was only able to
volunteer on Thursdays every week from four pm to eight pm doing my
same routine but I would also do the walk-a-dog.
In conclusion, I love volunteering at the local dog shelter and can’t
wait till December comes so I can volunteer more than just on