S brings us to Single Volunteers Atlanta, and the reason why R was delayed.
I have just recently joined the newly founded group, Single Volunteers Atlanta. This is the Atlanta chapter of the nation-wide organization, Single Volunteers, which brings singles that want to help their community together to meet other people who also want to make a difference. It’s a way to make friends and meet people from all backgrounds that share your passion for making a difference. So far, the Atlanta Chapter is off to a good start, already participating in two events, the second of which is one after my own heart: The Atlanta Pet Parade.
SVA has many animals lovers as members. Though the club will help in many ways with all interests, whether it’s helping the elderly, children, to build new homes, etc, we also will do several animal-oriented events throughout this year. Our first animal-centered event was today–The Atlanta Pet Parade. We had to sign up a little late to help, and were left with the 5:45 AM spot. …that’s right. 5:45 AM. With determination in our hearts, we stood up to the challenge and accepted (coffee in hand of course).
Yesterday’s post was delayed as I went straight from work to a fellow volunteer’s home, as she happens to live much closer to Atlantic Station, the site of the event. I didn’t want to be a rude house guest and blog while at someone else’s home, hence the delay for the lovely letter R. To make up for my faltering in my challenges, I hope you will enjoy a few of the photos I was able to grab while setting up for the Pet Parade…and the sweet depictions of Bear, the Parade’s Grand Marshall.
With the early morning time slot, SVA was responsible for helping to unload tables, tents, chairs, and more from various trucks to help the Atlanta Human Society set up for the Pet Parade. Afterwards, various rescue groups and pet businesses shuffled in to set up their things, including the German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia. You can see the two beautiful GSD’s they brought with them in our Facebook album.
Now it’s time to learn about Bear. Bear stole my heart the second he got out of a truck. Bear does not have use of his back legs–I didn’t get the story on how this happened, but did get to meet his pet parents, who help with the Atlanta Humane Society. Bear can scoot around on grass, and lounge on his pillow on his own.
When Bear needs to get on the move, he has a special cart/chair/appliance that helps him get around, wheelchair style.
Though he moves in a way that differs from other dogs, don’t underestimate this little guy. Bear can book it when he needs to, and really knows how to blaze a trail–He also gets to show off his skills as the Grand Marshall of the pet parade, leading the way.
The Pet Parade was a blast, and after setting up the SVA team was able to grab some brunch and head for our beds. With caffeine still in hand to keep me going, I’m able to be functional enough to write this for you all before crashing again for a good night’s rest. If you’re in the Atlanta area, love pets, are single, and want to make a difference, shoot me an email about Single Volunteer’s Atlanta, or drop a comment on our Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you!