Our Volunteers span the country even though our rescue is localized to a 5-hour radius of Alexandria Virginia. This month’s Volunteer Spotlight falls on Alice Magby who lives in Hamilton, New Jersey and wears several hats behind the scenes that keeps the rescue running.
Alice is the Database Administrator, Pre-Adoption Puppy Coordinator, and Home Check Coordinator for the DC Area. She also occasionally acts as an Adoption Coordinator and she handles transports for dogs once they are in the North.
With a long history of rescue volunteering, Alice spent 5 years in the high stress roll of coordinating transport for another rescue, where she met Luisa, the founder of Lu’s Labs. Always impressed by Luisa’s dedication to the dogs, Alice kept in touch and was thrilled when she heard Luisa was starting her own rescue. She began volunteering for the rescue in November of 2015 and the rest was history.
Alice has had many successes and fulfilling experiences while working in dog rescue. One of Alice’s most memorable moments was her first adoption as an Adoption Coordinator.” The excitement of that young family adding a new member to their family was special, and knowing I had a small role in making that happen was beyond heartwarming,” says Alice. One of her favorite parts about being involved in rescue is “definitely knowing that I had a role in helping the dogs find their happily-ever-afters.”
With so many roles to fill Alice keeps busy with rescue activities but she says every minute and hour she spends is worth it when she sees dogs in need find their forever homes.
There are many aspects about working for this rescue that Alice find’s rewarding, and so many ways she loves this group. She says, “I love the fact with this group that it is truly all about the dog and not about the egos of the volunteers. You are allowed the opportunity to grow and learn with this rescue. You are not limited to one role. I love the fact this group truly works together as a team. Someone is always available if you have a question or concern. I have made so many wonderful friends in this group and I only wish I lived closer.”
As most of our rescue volunteers, Alice has her own resident dog love. She has an 8-year-old White German Shepherd named Cotton. In July of this year, she lost his brother and litter mate, Max. While not Lu’s Labs dogs they are honorary members and enthusiastic supporters of the Lu’s Labs family.
If there was ever an advocate of becoming a volunteer in dog rescue, that would be Alice! Her advice to newbie volunteers is to be prepared for some of the best moments of your life and also to take some of the sad things you see in rescue and understand the difference we are making. “Working with a rescue and helping dogs in need find their forever homes is extremely satisfying and truly warms your heart.”
For anyone considering working with rescue there are all levels of commitment and time investments that can be made to fit your schedule. Like Alice says, “If being a part of a team is important to you, Lu’s Labs is the rescue for you.