Running with the Dogs: David Mishler’s Volunteer Q & A

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Getting Those Shelter Dog Wiggles Out, One Step at a Time.

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Just like people, pets need exercise to keep them healthy and happy. Some animals, especially high-energy dogs, need a lot of exercise. This where superstar volunteers shine! This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week and we sat down with Running Team Volunteer, David Mishler to talk about his experience as an OHS volunteer and our mission.

When did you start volunteering at OHS and what drew you to the mission and the work at OHS?

David Mishler: It’s been almost 3 years. I just wanted to give back somehow and always grew up with dogs. I felt like this was a good way to get my dog fix, but also contribute to giving some animals some enrichment.

Do you have a current favorite shelter pet or maybe one from the past? Who are they and why are they your favorite?

David Mishler: Currently it would be Zella. She is in BMOD and she is very active black lab. She is super sweet and super anxious, but she can run faster than any dog that I’ve ever encountered. She had me down to an 8 minute mile at one point.

What do you enjoy the most about volunteering at OHS?

David Mishler: I love the running team and being able to get some of the more challenging dogs out there. It’s great to be able to see the dogs that are more anxious or maybe have some behavioral issues just be able to get outside. A lot of times they just become a completely different dog. You get to see that release.

Do you consider yourself a cat lover, dog lover, rabbit lover or all of the above? Tell us more.

David Mishler: I’ve had cats, so I’m a little bit a cat lover. I’ve always been a dog person because that’s what I grew up. I grew up with large breeds, a lot of German Shepherds and a lot of active dogs.

Why is animal welfare important to you?

David Mishler: It’s important to advocate for those that can’t advocate for themselves. Animals don’t necessarily have a voice, so I like to advocate for them and give back.

Do you have an animal that inspires you? Who are they and why do they inspire you?

David Mishler: My dog Reginald that I adopted from OHS in August. He was shut down a little bit from his background and just seeing him grow and become more of a dog over that time has been so rewarding.

For anyone interested in volunteering at OHS, what advice do you have for them?

David Mishler: Just come in, check out it out, and go to an orientation. It’s such a rewarding experience.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience as an OHS volunteer?

David Mishler: There’s so many different ways you can give back. Whether it’s kennel buddies or joining the running team. We’re seeing people volunteering from home. It doesn’t have to be walking. It can be so many other things.

Learn more about volunteering at OHS.