Iza Per is one of our amazing volunteers at our Fulton County Animal Services location. From creating pet photography infographics to fostering shelter dogs, Iza has been instrumental to our organization. Read her volunteer profile below!
What made you get involved with LifeLine?
When my boyfriend and I made the decision to look into a second dog to adopt, we checked out both the Atlanta Humane Society and Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS). From the buildings to the website - the differences between the two were like night and day. When I found myself at a new job with some time on my hands, I started to think about volunteer opportunities. My high school had a thing about being able to give back and volunteer which I think is something that kind of stuck with me. Still searching for dog #2, and having remembered my experience at FCAS, I thought it would be nice to look into the volunteer opportunities there. I noticed there were several activities that really resonated with me, things that I can and love to do. I thought that if I could make a difference somewhere, it would be at FCAS.
What is your favorite volunteer activity?
When I first started volunteering at FCAS, there was an activity called Charm School, where volunteers would have an opportunity to help train select shelter dogs with some basic manners. I really liked this because it also helped me hone in my dog training skills and I thought it really helped certain dogs become more adoptable. At the very least, it was a great to socialize the pups. Now, my favorite volunteer activity has been taking photos of the pups and putting together content for the various social media outlets that FCAS uses. It’s an opportunity for me to remain creative.
How were you able to use your unique set of skills to help LifeLine?
I have a background in Product Marketing, an interest in User Experience and a growing photography hobby. Volunteering for Lifeline has helped me use these skills in such creative and rewarding ways. Working with other volunteers, we’ve been able to put together some volunteer training collateral – like the Pet Shelter Photography tips infographic. I’m currently working on other infographics to help serve as training guides for new volunteers. I’ve attended a few photography training sessions at Lifeline locations to help take better pet photos. Add this to some creative writing, and I’m able to provide some needed animal bios and photos for the shelter website and social media pages. I’m also looking to work more with the volunteers who foster animals from Lifeline, by building a presence for them online to help showcase their foster and create some Foster flyers for them to print or share online through the “Fosters of FCAS” tumblr page.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I would say 2 things:
1. Find something you love to do at the shelter.
2. And just go do it.
There are so many activities that you can do as a Lifeline volunteer. From walking dogs, Dog for the Day, fostering, writing bios, taking photos, to cleaning crates, doing laundry, and helping to clean the yards. Sure some sound a bit more glamorous than others, but at the end of the day, all of this helps the staff and the animals. If I’m not behind the computer putting together some material for the FCAS site, or behind the camera taking photos, you might find me scooping poop at the shelter. Whatever it is, I do it for the animals.