With years of experience caring for a multitude of dogs at our shelter, Gerry Bruce says his best advice to pet owners is the importance of getting your dog or cat micro-chipped.
“I’ve worked with so many dogs that have come to the shelter because they went missing. It’s great that I can take care of them in their time of need, but it’s far better when I get to see them reunited with their families. If they are micro-chipped, it makes it so much easier and faster for us to get that dog back home.”
Gerry and his family were proud owners of three dogs, when one sadly passed away in 2013. He wasn’t ready yet to adopt another and decided instead to volunteer his time as a dog handler/trainer at the shelter.
“When I became a volunteer at OMHS, I saw firsthand how many of the dogs that ended up here clearly showed signs of neglect. It really motivated me to do everything I can to help these dogs to trust people again so they can find their forever home. It’s really amazing to see the work that staff and volunteers do here each day to help these dogs feel safe again.”
Gerry believes the most important work the shelter does is giving animals another chance at a good life. He is one of the many volunteers at OMHS who ensure that all our animals are provided the time and care they need to prepare them for adoption and a fresh start.
During his time at OMHS, Gerry has gained the skills and training techniques required to work successfully with even the most challenging dogs. “I can now work with any of the dogs in the adoptions area and I’m really proud to be able to help all of them in some way.”
Outside of the shelter, Gerry keeps busy ice fishing, watching his grandkids play baseball at the park and singing in his church choir. Gerry says he gets lots of support from his wife, Bonita and four sons. Each of his sons have or have had dogs, and they are all so proud of their father for his work with the dogs, and grateful for the joy that he gets through his volunteering.