Last week a portion of the RJ Health team left our corporate headquarters to help with the Dog Days Adoption Intake Day, in preparation for the Dog Days Adoption Event that was held the weekend of October 20 – 21. Our day began with the highly anticipated arrival of the puppy transport. The crew of rescue volunteers had traveled from Georgia to bring approximately fifty puppies and dogs to Connecticut to find their fur-ever homes. We were part of an enthusiastic group of volunteers who greeted all the precious pups as they walked out of the van one by one. Throughout the day, the RJ Health volunteers helped to walk and play with dogs, soothe any anxiety, assisted dogs with their check-ups by veterinarians, feed the little pups when they were hungry, and some volunteers even bathed them! There is nothing like an amazing cuddle from a dog to totally bring a smile to anyone’s face!
The dogs all came from varied situations, such as, abandonment, hurricanes or disasters, neglect, or abuse, etc. In spite of the traumatic situations that the dogs had come from, the RJ Health volunteers have big enough hearts to support these puppies in their transitions to loving homes.
Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” Giving back has always been a passion of mine. Here, at RJ Health, all employees want to throw something back and all members have big hearts to deeply care about the well-being of dogs, and of course, the well-being of people.
In addition to being personally fulfilling by getting out and helping others, volunteering with my RJ team has also become an opportunity to get to know and appreciate my team members better in a completely different environment. Back in June the RJ Health team also had the pleasure of volunteering with the Special Olympics in New Haven. We are looking forward to more fulfilling volunteer outreach and team bonding in the coming year.