Visiting doc walks dogs, helps find homes for pups!

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Visiting doc walking dogs, helping find homes Doctor unleashes generosity at shelter

By Willa Condy - Trail-Rossland News
Published: August 19, 2008 3:00 PM
Elizabeth Thompson is almost finished with her two month family medicine rotation in Trail.

The 35-year-old medical student has found a unique way to stay in shape — she started volunteering walking dogs at the Trail and District SPCA Shelter.

“I’m living in Victoria right now doing my residency and I volunteer there (Victoria SPCA) and, prior to that, I volunteered at the Coquitlam SPCA,” said Thompson.

Thompson is enjoying working in Trail, but noticed that there was a shortage of dog walkers and other volunteers coming to the Trail shelter.

She started putting up posters to encourage others to come to the shelter and walk a dog.

“If people aren’t comfortable with the dogs they can always come and play with the cats,” said Thompson.

Walking dogs is not the only way that Thompson has helped the animals at the shelter.

“My husband came out on August long weekend and it’s our fifth anniversary this year and I said to him my gift for our anniversary would be renting a van and getting some of these animals down to Victoria,” said Thompson.

So four dogs and 17 kittens made the trip to Victoria. Three dogs came from Trail and one from the Grand Forks SPCA shelter.

Currently one dog is still looking for a home but half of the kittens have been adopted already.

Thompson and her husband, Bernard, are not going to forget about the West Kootenay area and the animals looking for homes.

They are planning to make two to three trips a year here to transport animals to Victoria.

When Thompson goes back to Victoria, she will continue walking dogs.

Donations can be made at the Trail and District SPCA to cover the cost of transporting the animals.

For more information about volunteering at the Trail SPCA, call 250-368-5910.