The dogs at Miami Dade Animal Services have looked forward to seeing shelter volunteer Kai Rohrer walking toward them. Her visits as a volunteer meant that they would be walked, played with, bathed, and most of all — loved.
Kai only began volunteering at the shelter a little over a year ago, but in that time she became invaluable to the shelter. She bathed dogs, walked them, socialized them, loved them. and talked to potential adopters about them. Kai reached out to rescues on social media, and she helped them save dogs.
When Kai and her family arrived in Miami, Florida, she had never volunteered with animals. But after years of helping children and others, she decided the time had come to work with animals.
Kai spent five to six days a week at the shelter. She told Shelter Me:
“The rescues got to know me because I know the dogs. I know if they are good with other dogs or cats. They know me more, so when I call they trust me.”
One experience remains a painful one for Kai. She explains:
“I fell in love with two dogs; they got attached to me, and I got attached to them. I had to go on a trip for two weeks with my husband, and while I was gone, they had killed them. They had bitten a volunteer – both of them were killed. I think it was because of me — because I walked them every day, and then I disappeared. Then no one was walking them. I think it was my fault. I walked them every day and gave them love and then disappeared.”
After that, Kai redoubled her efforts to get the dogs adopted. She would work with the sad dogs, the depressed dogs, the senior dogs. She tried to help the dogs that didn’t get noticed. Kai shared their pictures and their stories on Facebook. And most importantly, she gave them love.
Kai and her husband are moving to Charleston, South Carolina. She plans to volunteer at the shelter there, but working with dogs has changed her dreams of the future. She confided:
“The dogs at the Shelter inspired me to go back to school. I’m studying dog obedience at Animal Behavior College. By working on their obedience (thus making them cuter), I want to help the dogs get adopted more easily. Ultimately, I want to act as dog obedience instructor to the shelter team.”
Coco and Spot are two other dogs looking for a home. Kai spent some of her last days at the shelter walking them and giving them lots of love.
Coco (ID# A 1822437) is a four-year-old black dog. She’s only four years old and very nice. She is very friendly with people and dogs, and good with children.
Her friend, Spot (ID# A 1232475), who has no spots, is around eight years old. He has been at the shelter since October, which really puzzled Kai. She said, “He a really great dog. He’s friendly and sweet. He’s good with other dogs.”
Another dog looking for a home is Champ (ID#A 1781976). He is still there and very sad. Champ is really friendly, and on Kai’s last day at the shelter, she took Champ for a walk with Spot and Coco. “It’s usually not allowed to walk that many dogs,” she explained. “But they were all together without a problem.” Champ is only four years old. Because he was surrendered by his owner, he really needs to find a home. Watch the video below where Champ can’t stop kissing Kai!
The Charleston shelters are lucky to be gaining a dedicated volunteer. Wherever she goes, Kai will save the lives of shelter dogs. Wherever you live, there are shelter dogs in need of help.
Kai’s advice: Volunteer. Love the dogs. Walk them. Pet them. Bring them some happiness.
Update: Kai has already been to the Charleston Animal Society and taken pictures. She’s taking the next volunteer class so she can start right away. Below are pictures of three dogs there waiting for adoption or rescue.