This guest post is written by Sara Wexler Koblitz, a mother of two who lives in Washington, DC.
Now that I’m a mom of two, finding time to do the things that really matter to me in the few minutes of free time that I can ever seem to cobble together is tough. Before kids, I was very active in local animal rescue groups; first as a foster then as an adoption coordinator. My two dogs, from K-9 Lifesavers, are my first kids, and it’s important to me to be able to help other dogs who have had traumatic pasts learn that the world can be a better place. I hope to pass this love of animals and volunteering onto my kids.
K-9 Lifesavers, an all-volunteer rescue, has been in the DC area for about 10 years and is a wonderful organization run by the mom of a three year old. My three year old has been to quite a few events, and my boys will be foster brothers to dogs once they are old enough to understand that our mastiff mix is not a furry chair. It’s a kid-friendly organization, with kids (and their parents) volunteering alongside wonderful volunteers who are teachers, police officers, coaches and more in their day-to-day lives. While you have to be 16 or older to handle a dog at an Adoption Event, younger kids can volunteer with their parents, set-up a bake sale, or pass out information at events.
K-9 Lifesavers is in particular need for fosters in any part of the DC area. Fostering is great for teaching your kids responsibility without the lifelong commitment of a dog or puppy. And we are always in desperate need of fosters. Click here to see more about these opportunities.