Meet Leigh, our October Volunteer of the Month. Leigh is an amazing dog walker who always brings a smile to the faces of the dogs and the SPCA staff – the cats even love her! It’s hard not to love Leigh with her infectious smile, bubbly personality, and huge heart. We’re so lucky to have such a sweet, kind, and generous volunteer!
When did you first start volunteering at the SPCA?
Summer of 2007.
Why did you choose to get involved with the SPCA?
I’ve always loved animals and wanted to find a way to do more to help them, so I started walking dogs at the CASPCA. That was one of the best decisions of my life.
Do you usually gravitate towards a certain type of dog here?
There are so many wonderful dogs at the CASPCA! Still, the pitbull and staffy mixes consistently win me over. I love their blocky heads, the way they watch intently, the way they read people superbly, and that they are prone to leaning, kissing and spreading joy.
What’s your favorite part of volunteering at the SPCA?
I started volunteering to help dogs, but ended up receiving tremendous kindness and positive energy from them. They are thrilled to be walked and most of them are highly responsive, resilient and appreciative. They have become role models for me. And the people who work for the CASPCA are tremendous. Strong, loving and devoted. Other volunteers feel the same way. We’re lucky to do what we do.
If you could adopt any dog here, who would it be and why?
That is a hard question. In the end I’d say it’s a three-way tie between Bella, Blossom (pictured above with Leigh) and Chester. All of them have an undeniable dearness to them.
What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?
“The dogs adore Leigh! It’s clear that she has a special place in her heart for each of them, and they know how much she truly cares.”
“Leigh is the best! I love seeing her. She’s always doing something special for the dogs – bringing them extra treats or toys, bringing them up to visit staff in offices, and just being extra kind to them.”
“I wish Leigh were here 7 days a week! It’s so wonderful to see her, and I know the dogs feel the same way!”