When Claire Garth made the move from Melbourne to Sydney, she knew she was in for a change in direction, but she didn’t plan on having a rescue dog enter her life.
In celebration of the release of her children’s chapter book series Grover McBane: Rescue Dog, Claire shared the story of how she met Grover.
When I look back on it now, it was a flawed plan to begin with. Quit my job, volunteer at an animal shelter, get my dog “fix” so I don’t feel the need to bring one home permanently. Sounds easy enough…right? Wrong.
I had left the corporate world with a view to take a few months off and volunteer somewhere. We’d just moved to Sydney from Melbourne so it was a good way to meet new people, and explore a new city. In my search for somewhere to “pat all the dogs” I managed to find Sydney’s only charity Pound, Sydney Dogs & Cats Home. In a world of doom and gloom, and with situations too horrendous to document, Sydney Dogs & Cats Home choose to take in these wounded souls, shower them with love, and set them on a track for a second chance.
On finding such a haven I managed to get completely caught up in the amazing energy of this animal lover’s nirvana. Before I knew it, I was accepting a job. Corporate life well behind me, I would now carry a lint roller in my handbag and cuddle 3 week old kittens in meetings like it was just a regular Tuesday.
In my very short time in this industry I have learned that animals arrive into a shelter for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it was a living situation that changed. A relationship that broke down. A need for a family to travel back overseas for an extended period. A human who outlived them. A human that never deserved to have them in the first place.
Working or volunteering at an animal shelter you see the very worst in people. But, thankfully, you also see the very best. If it wasn’t for this Yin to the Yang I would never have made it in this industry, which is lucky, because had I not stuck it out, I would never have met my soul-mutt. A border collie named Grover McBane.