I have been a volunteer since shortly after Always and Furever's barn doors opened. My role as a volunteer evolved from washing dog dishes and picking up the yard to coordinating transportation to vet visits for the animals in our care. The level of veterinary care we provide is the major expense for The Little Red Barn, and this translated into close to 1,300 drives this year by a group of volunteers, fosters and transporters. I came to Always and Furever thinking I would spend time with dogs a couple of days a week. This snowballed into having twice as many dogs in my family as I intended, driving hundreds of miles each week, and finding a community of the kindest, most compassionate and hard-working people I have ever known. It's a privilege to laugh, cry, problem-solve and most of all love the animals in our care with them.