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What volunteering means to me
Thursday, 18 August 2011

What volunteering means to me by Jan Hill
I became involved with Happy Ending-Final Feliz quite by accident.  My husband found an abandoned puppy just before the rains came in 2009 and if we had left him on the streets he would have drowned.  We kept him from December until February and we managed to re-home him.  Then we found a small puppy called May, alone and living in a deserted garden by us.  She was too young to be left there so I contacted Margarita, who took her in, even though they were full.  May was very vulnerable to the traffic as she was so young and it was thought she was better off, off the streets, she has now been re-homed. 

My next venture was the boy we called Buster, who lived in the same place as May.  He was older and was more streetwise so we decided to leave him there and we would feed and water him and protect him from the ticks that were lurking in the garden with every help from Happy Ending-Final Feliz . Very soon, lots of neighbours were feeding and watering him, but he only wanted me, for some reason.  He went to a foster home, where he was castrated, but that didn´t work out.  Then he came to us. Fortunately we also found a home for him with a colleague of my husband´s but we had to keep him for a few months. He´s very happy and lives a few yards from the beach in El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Of course, by this time Happy Ending-Final Feliz knew about me and I was contacted by Karen to ask me to foster. I didn´t want that, as I´d done it already and it didn´t go down too well with our dogs. However we went on to the Website and saw Dolly, a border collie cross who had had her ears and her tail cut off as she was to be thrown into the ring with fighting dogs. She was saved, in Granada, and found herself down here. Of course we adopted her and that´s when my volunteering really took off.

Dolly had helped me through an illness and I had helped her through a serious illness and we weren´t sure she would survive. But after 5 months of treatment, she pulled through. By this time I felt that I should give something back. I contacted the Charity about volunteering and they took me on. I´m now on the Committee and help with fundraising.

Of course, there´s poo to clean up and feeding and watering to be done, but that doesn´t matter to me or the people that I work with on a weekly basis. All we care about is the dogs and their wellbeing and I would recommend it to anyone who cares about dogs. It is so fulfilling and the dogs are marvellous. I look forward to seeing them every week and fundraising as best I can for them. There isn´t one dog that we have taken in that has a bad bone in his or her body. They are just so grateful to be safe. It´s wonderful to see them get better and to see the love they give to us, is a joy to me and to see them go to wonderful new homes makes it all worthwhile.

For the record we have two other rescued dogs, apart from Dolly, Tipo, found by the bins and Flora who was chucked out by a neighbour and who gave her to me as a regalo. We also had another one, Tula who, unfortunately was a houdini and was taken by the traffic. We also have a feral cat, Spot, who we rescued 7 years ago and who is now totally domesticated.

Please don´t give up on these animals, they need your help.

Please give as much as you can afford to help these poor dogs in distress and help us to save others.

Jan Hill

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