Sharing the Love – 12 Ways Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Volunteers Reached Out to Others
Our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study volunteer group not only finds time to participate in one of the most comprehensive and ambitious studies of canine health ever undertaken, they also are active within their communities. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to mention the many diverse ways this group has reached out and “shared the love” in 2016:
- More than 100 of our study supporters, participants and volunteers are involved in pet therapy programs in their communities.
- Genell Bogner, a Volunteer of the Year nominee, prepared Golden Magical Fibers (donated golden retriever fur) for the 3000 Cares blankets, a special comfort blanket crafted by and for the volunteer team.
- Study volunteers raised more than $125,000 in support of Morris Animal Foundation.
- Volunteer of the Year nominee Gail Ingrish was instrumental in setting up the 3000 Cares group, which supports owners of study dogs facing serious illness or personal issues.
- Several study participants are active canine blood donors.
- Volunteer of the Year nominee Karen Gerth organizes two gatherings a year in her home state of Delaware to raise funds for and awareness of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
- Several volunteers bring themselves and their dogs to Morris Animal Foundation’s annual June Board of Trustees meeting.
- Volunteer of the Year nominee Sandra Lok organizes the New England Golden Jubilees, an annual day of fun and frolic for study participants and their supporters, held at Dog Mountain in Vermont.
- Volunteers organized the popular parade of study “hero dog participants” at the 2016 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty in October.
- Volunteers organized successful Secret Santa and Valentine Gift exchanges.
- Several participants served as “Ambassadogs” for Morris Animal Foundation events such as the Grand Opening of the Orvis store in Cherry Creek, Colorado.
- Volunteers monitor and support the volunteer group’s Facebook page.