I love dogs! Over the years I've rescued dozens of dogs. I've volunteered with countless rescues. I have fostered puppies, old dogs and sick dogs. Plus, my whole career was spent working as a medical clinic administrator. I've taken classes in dog grooming, and have worked part-time as a dog groomer. I'm also an amateur pet photographer. So, I think that "seasoned" might be an adjective that applies to me. I have lived in several states, and each time I moved I looked for a rescue to work with to pursue my passion to help dogs. I have worked with some wonderful rescues. Unfortunately, I have also encountered some rescues that seem to happily shoot themselves in the foot and then cannot understand why they limp.
When I moved to a large city in the southwest, their animal shelter was begging for volunteers. They offered seminars for prospective volunteers and spent money on literature and video presentations, plus they had a paid volunteer recruiter. I went through the necessary red tape, filling out the volunteer application and listing all my experience, and I was assigned to be a dog walker, not really what I would have chosen to do, but they said they were desperate for help, so I bought a volunteer t-shirt, paid a deposit for an ID badge, and showed up for my assigned shifts. There were so many dog walkers that we literally fought over who got a dog to walk. Some days I went home without finding a single dog available to go for a walk. I asked for a different assignment, but the volunteer coordinator seemed uninterested, or maybe too busy, to talk to me, even though their website was still begging for pet photographers, groomers, and clerical assistants. Defeated, I stopped volunteering there.