It feels really good when you do something completely for a good cause. Guess what I get nothing in return. I am a voulenteer for the pet safety coalition. We are responsible for community awareness and running shelters for pets during natural disasters. With the possible threat of tropical storm Hermine coming we set up the pet shelter at Nassau Community College. There was a total of 7 people and we emptied trailers set up a room for cats and another one for dogs. I set up the registration area which will be more my domain if the shelter is actually opened. I met people from the Red Cross who set up their shelter. People from the office of emergency management. Many people and security people from the college. All these people working just to set up in case. Now we wait for the actual call. Personally I’m on the good side I am with animals. They are nicer than people most of the time. It felt so good to be a part of something that means something. From the second I heard about this group in a pet safety class I took last year I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to finally put my thoughts to action to be involved with something I care about. What better thing is the safety of an animal in a disaster. In the superstorm Sandy, I wouldn’t have ever left my house without my dogs. Here if a family needs shelter their animal is right downstairs. How great is that!!! Horrible enough having to be in the shelter but leaving your pet behind or having them miles away…the animals are just as scared. Makes a huge difference for everyone. I think I changed my dream a little just by interacting with these men and woman. I always wanted to own my own place to be able to foster Bulldogs. Now I think I’d like to have a place like a sanctuary for older smushy face dogs like a hospice for dogs. I just find caring and loving animals one of the most rewarding things and I’m so glad I found this group and I can be part of something with people who feel like I do. We hope we aren’t needed and everyone is fine but if we are, we are ready.