Raeghan Eckert, a junior at Marble Falls High School, interacts with a cat at Living Love Animal Rescue on Dec. 14. Volunteers are the No. 1 need at the shelter. To find out more, call the rescue’s thrift shop at (512) 755-4476. Staff photo by Jared Fields
JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Growth is visible at Living Love Animal Rescue.
Fencing materials are gathered for an upcoming dog run, and the cat area will expand next year.
Even with all that growth, the animals remain the central focus of everything done at the shelter.
“The animals are first. If one can’t come (to volunteer), somebody fills in. Always. If they’re not feeling well, they come anyway,” board member Claire Edwards said. “Everybody’s for the animals. It’s a passion, not a hobby.”
The dedication of the 30 or so volunteers of Living Love Animal Rescue can’t always give the animals everything they need, however.
Ask anyone there, and the first thing they’ll tell you is that more volunteers are needed.
“There are a lot of great animals here. They need an opportunity to have a great life with somebody,” said new property manager Christian Sanchez. “They need someone to spend more time with them, to help them. They need someone to sit there and play.”
Volunteers schedule themselves to help with the cats or the dogs at the shelter. Volunteers can walk the dogs, clean their areas and socialize cats.
“We have more dogs than two people can walk in an hour or so,” Edwards said.
After volunteers, the list of needed items becomes just as diverse as the breeds of dogs available for adoption.
“For my dream of dreams, I want a big enough stand where I can stand, hook (the dogs) up, and bathe them down out here. I want a bath stand,” said Cathleen Ursula, who runs the dog area. “A five-gallon hot-water heater would be nice to have.”
Also on the list are shelves and lockers for storage, and panels for the dogs’ kennels.
For Sanchez and his family, who live on the property, a used golf cart would be high on the list.
The trash receptacle is far from the house and makes taking out the trash difficult at times. And when walking dogs on the 9 acres, a golf cart could save some volunteers the worry of twisting an ankle.
Of course, monetary donations are always welcome.
“Someone donated $1,000 yesterday,” Edwards said Dec. 14.
Donations can be made at the Living Love Animal Rescue Thrift Shop, 407 Main St. in Marble Falls, or by mail at P.O. Box 1266, Marble Falls, TX, 78654.
The group’s animals can be found by searching for their Facebook page or at www.adoptapet.com.
For more information, call the Thrift Shop at (512) 755-4476.