The Love Of Animals

November 20, 2020

Madison Whitby heads from her Jarratt home to the Emporia Animal Shelter every weekday to assist with the cats and dogs housed at the site. The 2018 Greensville County High School graduate is also a Psychology major at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Finding the right balance between a job and the classroom is difficult for many people. Whitby found the balance to excel in both.

“I stay pretty active and keep a busy schedule.” she said. “I usually do school at night, or on my lunch break here I will work on school. I try and multi-task the best I can. I’m actually doing better in school than I did while I was at home. I have more structure.”

Whitby began working at the Emporia Animal Shelter on Oct. 13. On a typical day, she gets to work in the morning and cleans the kennels from the night before. Whitby follows by playing with the dogs and cats. After feeding the animals, she does paperwork for the Emporia Police Department. Whitby continually checks to make sure the animals have plenty of food and water. If the weather cooperates, she’ll take the dogs out for a walk.

It’s a perfect gig for the self-described animal lover that has five of her own at home. The job has many moments that bring joy to Whitby.

“The most rewarding part of the job is seeing dogs and cats that have come in from bad homes and seeing their attitudes change,” she said. “They come in scared and nervous, and eventually they become happy and loving. It’s especially rewarding to see them get adopted and I know they are going to a good place knowing where they came from.”

Whitby and the Emporia Animal Shelter staff’s goal is finding a home for the animals that come to the shelter. If they are not adopted, the next step is to find rescues to send them. Whitby said it reached a broader audience and gives the animals a better shot at getting adopted.

Whitby is a Psychology major. She’s looking at a career in occupational therapy and specialized therapy. Whitby said she hopes to use therapy dogs in her line of practice.

“I’ve seen it first-hand and it is proven to be beneficial,” she said.

For now, it’s Whitby that is proving to be beneficial at the Emporia Animal Shelter.

  • Most Recent News

    Oscar The Blind Dog

    November 25, 2020

    In the weeks leading up to a heated presidential election, another close race played out that had dog lovers across the country faithfully voting online every 24 hours for their favorite furry friends. For four weeks, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9, nearly 1 million votes were cast in Garden & Gun magazine’s Good Dog […]

    Read more

    Genius Dog Challenge

    November 25, 2020

    Six dogs are competing to become the world’s smartest dog – a title reserved for the pooch that learns words the fastest. Shany Dror is a driving force behind the Genius Dog Challenge, which is live streamed on Facebook and YouTube every week until December 16, when the winner will be announced. The canine challenge […]

    Read more

    Finding Homes For Dogs

    November 25, 2020

    Adoptable Animal Rescue Force gives back to the community by finding the right homes for dogs. We’ve been a Teller County nonprofit, no-kill rescue since 1999. Social networking has allowed us to expand our services in recent years to include dogs coming in from high kill shelters in New Mexico and Texas. There are times […]

    Read more

    Service Dog Retiring

    November 25, 2020

    Talking to police or giving testimony at a courthouse, can be a scary experience for many. Since 2014, service dogs have been allowed in the courtroom to provide emotional support for those in need. For Emery Baert, having Madison with her made a huge difference. “If she wasn’t there, to this day, I wouldn’t know […]

    Read more

    A Shelter Dog's Life

    November 25, 2020

    The sound of paws and claws precedes Isabella’s entrance. She bursts out of the Worcester Animal Rescue League’s front door, dragging Sara McClure, WARL’s dog program coordinator, behind her. McClure has two hands on Izzy’s bright red leash as the pit bull mix comes barreling into the parking lot. McClure motions for me to take […]

    Read more

    Veterans Court Therapy Dog

    November 25, 2020

    Howard County Superior Court II Judge Brant Parry stood in his courtroom last week and looked around like he had lost something. “You want to see her?” he asked, still looking around the mostly empty room. A few moments later, a brown fluff of fur came bounding through an open back door, prompting instant smiles […]

    Read more

    Painted Paws Helps Veterans

    November 25, 2020

    When Tyler Warrick came home from serving in the Iraq war, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. “My little dog, Moose, gave me a purpose to get up every day and deal with life,” he says. That was the genesis of Painted Paws for Veterans, a nonprofit operating in Peyton that rescues dogs from […]

    Read more

    CK Police Dog

    November 25, 2020

    A police dog with the Chatham-Kent Police Service and his handler are being praised for their work over the past seven years, which has resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of illicit drugs. K9 Officer Arry and Constable Rick Bertok received an official citation from the Chatham-Kent Police […]

    Read more

    Three-legged Therapy Dog

    November 25, 2020

    We here at NEWS CENTER Maine met Lucky at the start of 2019. Army veteran Christy Gardner was training him to be a therapy dog, and she brought him by the news station, while he was training with her older service dog, Moxie. Lucky was born a little different, with a right paw that didn’t […]

    Read more

    Dog Therapy

    November 25, 2020

    Holiday House Pet Resort and Training Center donated $1,020 to the nonprofit therapy dog organization Angel On A Leash. The funds were raised during the pet facility’s annual Halloween fundraiser taking portraits of dogs in costumes. Proceeds were earmarked for AOAL’s day-to-day expenses to support the work by volunteers with their therapy dogs — called champion teams […]

    Read more

    More Recent News