Community Service
August 10, 2019

              For my community service, I decided to help out the regional animal shelter, Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, or TCRAS. To start my volunteering, I had to attend two, hour classes on how to help out at the shelter walking dog or spending time with the cats, followed by a dog behavior class. Both of these classes provided two hours of my ten hours of community service. From there I got the rest of my hours at a one-day long adoption event. The event was called Growl Fest. Growl Fest is a Subaru only car show and racing event in southern Colorado. The car show and races are free to spectators, and many people spend the day walking around looking at all the cars and watching the races. This fest has more events than just the racing and this year they hosted TCRAS as one of our events. They even helped us out by providing people an option to make a donation on their registration form.

              For my community service, I decided to help out the regional animal shelter, Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, or TCRAS. To start my volunteering, I had to attend two, hour classes on how to help out at the shelter walking dog or spending time with the cats, followed by a dog behavior class. Both of these classes provided two hours of my ten hours of community service. From there I got the rest of my hours at a one-day long adoption event. The event was called Growl Fest. Growl Fest is a Subaru only car show and racing event in southern Colorado. The car show and races are free to spectators, and many people spend the day walking around looking at all the cars and watching the races. This fest has more events than just the racing and this year they hosted TCRAS as one of our events. They even helped us out by providing people an option to make a donation on their registration form.

              We arrived at the events around nine o’clock in the morning, ready to set up before the races began. We were placed in the garage bar so our dogs would have a place to stay out of the heat, which was very good this since the temperature rose above ninety degrees that day. We brought seven dogs that day, the dog I was in charge of was named Bear. I spent the day walking her around, although unless we were walking to the grass patched across the tracks, we spent most of the day in the garage hiding from the heat. Due to the heat, we did leave the event early, since the dogs were getting uncomfortable, but two of the dogs we got did get adopted, and another was adopted the next day by someone who had seen him at the event. Even though we didn’t adopt out all the dogs we brought it was still a very rewarding experience. It gave the dogs a chance to get out of the shelter and receive some love from all the people around them. The good news is that, since this event, which was held the 2nd week of July, most the dogs that were brought to Growl Fest, have been adopted by other families and are enjoying life outside the shelter.

              We arrived at the events around nine o’clock in the morning, ready to set up before the races began. We were placed in the garage bar so our dogs would have a place to stay out of the heat, which was very good this since the temperature rose above ninety degrees that day. We brought seven dogs that day, the dog I was in charge of was named Bear. I spent the day walking her around, although unless we were walking to the grass patched across the tracks, we spent most of the day in the garage hiding from the heat. Due to the heat, we did leave the event early, since the dogs were getting uncomfortable, but two of the dogs we got did get adopted, and another was adopted the next day by someone who had seen him at the event. Even though we didn’t adopt out all the dogs we brought it was still a very rewarding experience. It gave the dogs a chance to get out of the shelter and receive some love from all the people around them. The good news is that, since this event, which was held the 2nd week of July, most the dogs that were brought to Growl Fest, have been adopted by other families and are enjoying life outside the shelter.