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
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!!!