Volunteer Spotlight

Associate Engineer Tom Halstead of the Los Angeles office spends every Sunday morning volunteering with a Santa Monica animal rescue adoption event. He camps out with his fellow volunteers on Main Street to introduce the cats and dogs to potential adopters, and people just looking to brighten their day by giving pats and getting love from the pets.

The organization, Love Animal Rescue, strives to take the most at-risk animals from local Los Angeles kill shelters and give them a second chance at a home, whether they are old, hurt, or took too long to find the perfect person. Every year, dozens of cats and dogs get new homes and new, full lives through the tireless work of Much Love’s volunteers.

Much Love has no kennels, so every animal has a foster to live with. Tom also volunteers his time at home fostering the more anxious dogs, giving them the love and training they need. It is a wholesome experience for those who love animals, or just can’t commit to the years dedicated to adopting a pet. It is hard to let them go, but it is rewarding to know that they are adopted into the perfect, loving home.

Tom recommends finding a passionate cause to volunteer with, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. He first started volunteering by only spending a couple hours every Sunday to introduce dogs and cats to people and then became more and more involved. Now, Tom is fostering and training dogs to help them find the perfect home.

If you’d like to learn more about Much Love Animal Rescue, visit the website at http://www.muchlove.org/.