When Craig Walker came to PAWS as a volunteer, he imagined that his job would be a walk in the park. “Fresh air, exercise and just being with dogs sounded very appealing” he says. But little did he know that he would soon be putting his experience in commercial building maintenance to use as PAWS’ resident master welder and Caretaker Assistant.
Craig recalls, “I was about to sign up for kennel attendant when one of the staff members approached me and asked if I had any mechanical skills.” A week later he was building and repairing caging units, clearing brush, and helping with maintenance of the Wildlife Center facilities.
Although Craig may not spend much hands-on time with the animals, his efforts and building expertise have a direct impact on the well-being of the animals at PAWS. He feels a sense of accomplishment knowing that he is helping the animals in his own way, saying “It is gratifying to know I have made some animal’s stay a little more comfortable, a little safer and more pleasant."
Volunteering at PAWS not only allows Craig the opportunity to help the animals, but to help PAWS staff and fellow volunteers as well. “I have helped improve working conditions and efficiency for those who care for the wildlife, and that is extremely rewarding."
Craig, thank you for being champion for animals! Your dedication, as well as your craftsmanship and expertise, makes a great difference for the animals at PAWS.