- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
So one of my dogs has been trained as a certified therapy dog. I have a double major background in psycholgy and never got into the field so since I have a brillant dog who does very well with people of all ages, handicaps, etc. I really wanted to get into volunteering.
We are available only on weekends and before signing up I looked at the schedule of this particular group and saw that they had multiple visits every sat and sun and plenty that were within 30-45 min radius, so this is why I chose this group.
When you start in the program you and your dog have to complete a number of training sessions with a mentor before you can work on your own. The problem is they won’t tell me when the training dates are. I have to call multiple times and send multiple email just to get the training schedule. And when I do, they are usually all weekedays and maybe one weekend and when I reply within a day I am told that the weekend slot is filled for training dogs. And then the process starts all over again.
So this time when I replied they told me once again that that weekend date was full and proceeded to write me a page about how I need to make this more of a commitment and reply immediately and because of this they are keeping my dog in training and will not graduate her. I responded by letting them know that when we signed up to volunteer I made it perfectly clear that we could only volunteer on weekends but I can never seem to get a training schedule and or constantly told that the weekend are full. I explained that I would volunteer every weekend if they let me.
So they sent me a schedule of next sat and sun of locations well over an hour a way and one of them is with severely handicapped (brain dead patients) which is very difficult for a dog especially one who is just starting all of this. Should I go? Are they just setting me up to fail?
On the general schedule though they have plenty of weekend dates so I know I just have to get through this training but now I don’t even want to go around these people because they seem very cold and nasty. Now I feel like I’m begging to volunteer and they hate me.
What would you do? Is it wrong to quit volunteering? What would I even say?
I thought I was doing something nice when I was volunteering!