headshot4How did you become a volunteer with Animals & Environment?

I went to a MH fair, and found out about Pet Pals and Gallastar. They sounded interesting, so I applied. I ended up joining Pet Pals my first year, and Gallastar my third year.

Why did you choose your program? What do you like about it?

I chose Pet Pals and Gallastar because I love animals, and with both of these programs, I get a chance to work with a variety of them.

Tell us your best, funniest, or most educational experience as a Madison House volunteer.

The funniest, or actually most embarrassing experience was probably my first year when I first started volunteering and I didn’t have much experience yet. I got humped by a pit bull and didn’t know what to do. I had to get someone to help me! Now I know what to do in those situations…My best Gallastar experience has been feeding the pigs fruits and vegetables. It’s cute to see how excited they get.

What is one thing you’d like readers to know about your program?

Walking dogs is actually a really good stress reliever, and it’s so much fun working with the pigs on the farm. It’s interesting to see how they all have different personalities.

Maggie Chang is a 3rd Year Biology Major. She has volunteered with Madison House since first year, and owns a pet rabbit named Nino.

Madison House serves as the student volunteer center for University of Virginia students.

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