You could just see Buster’s demeanor change as SPCA volunteer groomer, Peggy, patiently and gently worked away with a metal comb. The little nine-year-old Shih Tzu mix really seemed to enjoy the attention, but it was hard to tell who was enjoying the grooming session more.
Peggy, a career Registered Veterinary Technician and trained groomer, has been volunteering her time at the SPCA weekly since 2015 and loves the experience.
“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” says Peggy. “Working with these little rescue guys means so much to me.
“It is so rewarding to see their sad little faces start to brighten and their tails start to wag as they are being groomed. They feel better – and it shows,” added Peggy.
So many of the dogs (and cats) that come to the SPCA are in dire need of grooming prior to adoption. From full body shaves for extremely matted animals, to baths, trims and brushing for so many others, Peggy is changing lives and helping to get animals adopted every time she visits the SPCA with brushes in hand.
“I just love grooming and have endless patience with these little guys,” reflects Peggy. “And I have a special spot in my heart for homeless animals. These guys give me as much as I am giving them, and I feel so fortunate every time I come in to the SPCA to volunteer,” she says. “It truly takes a village to care for these animals and I’m proud to be a part of the team at the SPCA working to find great homes for homeless animals.”