Joe Morton

Volunteer Since January 2017

Joe Morton started volunteering in January this year after meeting an Animal

House adopter who mentioned that volunteers could walk shelter dogs. Joe had

a wonderful dog for 16 years, who helped keep him exercised. After his dog

passed away, Joe decided it was a great time to come help the shelter dogs.

Joe is passionate about helping the dogs through walking. He volunteers four

days a week and sometimes comes in twice a day. At 30 minutes per walk, we

estimate he has walked about 337 dogs! Walking provides great exercise for the

dogs, and it helps them become more socialized too. He notes that, After

walking dogs a few times in a row, you see changes in their behavior. They really

improve. On days he cant come in, he wishes he could get over to walk the

dogs. He says that coming in every day would be a great goal, but it might have

to wait until he is retired!

Joe points out that volunteering offers many benefits to the walker too. Walking is

therapeutic for people as well as dogs, as its a nice decompression from the

stressors of life. The biggest reward for Joe is seeing the dogs get adopted. He

says, there are a lot of options for people to get dogsits nice to see they are

being adopted.

When hes not walking dogs, Joe is a Business Development Representative

with Master Craft Dental. He has an 18-pound cat named Stormy, who would

need to approve any new dog that joins the family. Ill probably have 5 dogs from

Animal House once I retire! Joe says.

Joe, thank you for your inspiring dedication to improving the lives of the shelter

dogs. They, and Animal House, are very fortunate to have you as a volunteer!!!

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