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MAN TAKES SHELTER DOGS OUT TO LUNCH - “I can go for a burger any time. They can’t,” said Sanderson…Stopping for burgers became a regular part of his outings with the dogs. Lunch out is also another chance for him to introduce them to potential adopters.”
Jeff Sanderson from Nampa, Idaho is an active volunteer who helps out at the Canyon County Animal Shelter
. His nickname is “Hamburger Jeff” because he takes shelter dogs out for weekly lunch outings. He also conducts pre-adoption counseling and helps out with many other jobs at the shelter. Here’s more from the Idaho Statesman
Sanderson, 46, started volunteering at the shelter last summer after the death of his dog Sadie, a 12 1/2-year-old Staffordshire terrier. She was struggling with hip problems and arthritis. Acupuncture, laser treatments and pain pills didn’t work; Sanderson had to have Sadie euthanized.
He needed something to take his mind off the loss. He went to the shelter and asked to volunteer. He quickly became a regular, walking dogs and more. When he pitched the idea of taking dogs out of the shelter on a rotating basis to play in the park and shake off some of the stress that comes from living in a crowded kennel where lights shine and dogs bark, staffers said yes.
Hamburger Jeff is a great example of how important volunteers are to the success of dog shelters and how they can improve the lives of shelter dogs. Click here for the full story and here for the Canyon Creek Shelter Facebook page.