Ipswich volunteer focus: Aimee Morton
Aimee Morton, Furry Friends Animal Rescue Qld
What is your background?
Positive response dog training and I also had my own business babysitting/ pet sitting
Have you volunteered before?
Yes at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.
What made you want to volunteer?
I have a big heart. I always put other people, even strangers, before me. I wanted to help everyone as much as I could. I LOVE helping people/animals.
How did you find out about volunteering?
Internet and through a friend of mine.
What is your volunteer title? Assistant/ Fundraising team/Social media team.
How long have you been volunteering?
A few months now.
What do you do in your volunteer role?
Support administration for FFARQ including emails, setting up animal profiles, fundraising, social media, supporting foster carers and animals.
Are there any standout moments during your volunteering?
Yes a lady had sent a message to FFARQ about a cat that has been wandering the streets for 3-4 weeks, it had an incorrect microchip. I was able to get a foster carer to collect and care for the cat in the meantime. I made an online profile and the cat was able to be rehomed to a very loving family.
What would you say to others thinking about volunteering but not yet taking that next step?
Volunteering is an amazing experience you get to meet new people, make friends and learn new things. But most of all you get to give animals a loving home and see the joy in them.
What impact do you feel you have on the individuals you help in your role?
I feel we all work together to get the best for the animals we care for. We are all friendly towards each other and so we encourage each other regularly.
How has volunteering positively impacted your life?
Volunteering has helped me see the good in people and make new friends. It has also shown me that I may be sick but I am smart and can do it! It lets me think about other things than my disease.
Finish this sentence "I volunteer because...”
I volunteer because everyone deserves to be loved and cared for and I love helping others.