Why It Was Important For Me To Get Involved With the APA posted 11/07/16

By Brooke Wiley


Animal welfare has always been a cause close to my heart. When I was 8 years old my family moved to a small town in rural Missouri. We lived on a secluded gravel road, which was a popular spot for people to drop off their unwanted dogs. As a child, this was a new concept to me. It had never occurred to me that anyone would want to throw away or harm animals.

I wish I could say it wasn’t a common occurrence, but more often than not my family would see stray dogs running down our road. One day, a dog showed up in our yard that had been shot several times with a BB gun. It was heartbreaking. She was a kind and gentle dog; I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt her.

Seeing this cruelty sparked my passion to help animals. When I heard the Animal Protective Association was creating a Young Friends board, I knew I had to be a part of it. Animals have impacted my life in such a positive way; I wanted to make a difference in their lives as well.

Once on the board, I joined the volunteer committee. My goal is to not only be involved myself, but to get the community involved as well. As a non-profit, volunteers are vital for the APA. My committee is currently working to engage the Young Friends board and committee members through volunteer opportunities.

Although a bad experience sparked my passion for animal welfare, I am grateful to be in the position where I can help animals that come from similar situations. Getting involved with the APA has allowed me to meet other people who share my passion. While the Young Friends board may be new, we are already making strides. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

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