Liz: Volunteer Spotlight

Liz: Volunteer Spotlight

The stigma of “rescue dog” is often “broken dog” and most of the time, that simply isn’t true. A highly resilient animal, many dogs come to us “move in ready” from an emotional health standpoint. But not all. Some dogs do come to us broken. Abused. Neglected. Afraid. And we have a subset of foster homes who are highly experienced and passionate about rehabilitating these types of dogs by guiding them through counterconditioning training. These dogs may never be the “life-of-the-dogpark” extroverts like some of their peers, but our amazing foster homes teach them that humans don’t equal abuse and that the world isn’t quite so scary after all.

Liz and her family actively serve as one of these special foster homes who help our most undersocialized pups. And here’s a little more about Liz:


PH: What is the name of the people and animals in your home?

L: Frank, who loves dogs more than he will ever admit and is great with them. Lily (our 11 yr old Goldendoodle), who keeps Hazel (our 3yr mixed breed foster fail and puppy whisperer extraordinaire) in check.

PH: Why did you decide to volunteer with Pet Haven?

L: I had wanted to foster dogs for a while, but I never found a rescue that made it easy to get started. When Jenny [Pet Haven’s Dog Division Director] introduced me to Pet Haven I knew it was the right place for me. It’s a solid group of people who are very supportive and crazy about animals.

PH: What inspires you to volunteer with animals?

L: Meeting a dog that is so scared but so desperate for love, taking them into our home and giving them that love; when they begin to trust us, it’s the best feeling in the world. Seriously, who doesn’t want to save puppies?

PH: What is your most memorable volunteer experience?

L: That would have to be Hunter! He was our second feral puppy from Red Lake. When Beth [Liz’s foster mentor] and I picked him up, he was so scared we had to carry him to the car in his crate. He hid under a desk as we got him in the house. Beth and I fed him chicken, hot dogs and yes, even Fritos, to try to coax him out. 24 hours later I was rushing him to the vet; he had a corn cob stuck in his intestines from his time as a stray!  I was so afraid that his whole experience (being caught, taken to a shelter, being in a crate in a van for 5 hours and then having to have surgery and all that goes with it) would keep him from ever trusting people. I will never forget the moment he started to want to play with people; Beth and I both cried tears of joy. His adopter is great and brings Hunter to events to see us often.


Animal – Dogs

Food – Pasta

TV show – Game of Thrones

Movie – Auntie Mame 1958 (Rosalind Russell version) and 1981 Excalibur

Band – Led Zeppelin

State – New Mexico