There's no telling how much time Alexis Tudor spends at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
He says, "I don't count my hours because to me, giving is a spontaneous thing that arises from the heart."
He makes sure the pooches get some exercise.
Alexis says, "Walking takes stress the off them. If you were closed up in a cell, you are going to be a little loopy, everyone would have serious cabin fever."
But being a volunteer is more than walking and playing with the pets. Alexis wants to build a better future for these adoptable pups.
He actually trains the ones who might be a little feisty.
Alexis says, "Trying to get them to become more adoptable, less snippy. Getting them to trust again, because some of them have been abused or neglected."
Alexis also got the dogs away from the traffic of Kingston Pike. He built a trail in the woods on the Humane Society's property.
Now there's plenty of room for them to just be dogs.
"There are so many more different smells here with the creatures walking around. And, the trees rotting provide so many scents, it's like an amusement park to them. Unlike up there (Near the street) where it is just roundup and grass."
Rosalee Kaschel, the HSTV's volunteer coordinator says about the trail, "It's pretty awesome. They (the dogs) are a lot more calm, and they are a lot better. They want to sniff all the smells. I tell my volunteers if you want to just sit and enjoy nature out there, go ahead. It's made a big difference."
So all of his hard work has paid off, for the pups and Alexis himself.
"I was paid by licks," Alexis chuckles.
You can show your volunteer spirit for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley by attending Bark in the Park
Saturday, June 14th
A great time for you and your pooch to get out on the town!
Lauren Davis is one of the judges!!!
Grab the link for more information!