Tell us about your life outside of volunteering.
I’m a retired school teacher and taught high school Algebra for 30 years in Copperas Cove.
I was also a puppy-raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs out of Florida for about 10 years.
We have lived in Copperas Cove since 1974. I’ve been married to my husband Steven, a retired Texas National Guardsman, for 40 years and we have two children, Jocelyn and Danielle, and two grandchildren, Daniel and Della.
Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer at the Copperas Cove Animal Shelter. Mainly what I have been involved in over the years is cleaning the kennels and anything else that needs to be done.
I also like to interact with the people who come in.
I like to greet them, sometimes I give them a brief background of the shelter and then accompany them while they look for dogs to adopt. I walk out with them and show them the dogs and see if the dog will meet their needs.
I usually go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on city holidays. I have volunteered with the shelter for about 10 years.
Why do you volunteer?
I (volunteer) because I just do, I want to. When people say ‘oh, thank you for what (you) do.’ I tell them, ‘I do it for me as much as for the dogs.’
It makes me feel good; it’s self-rewarding. I also needed an animal fix after raising guide dogs.
I just needed to do something with the animals as far as volunteering.
I’m also working part time at Mae Stevens Elementary School and I volunteer there sometimes as well.
How many hours do you volunteer?
I would say I volunteer about 12 hours a week.
To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.