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No rest for busy volunteer with dogs and horses

2013-04-29T00:00:00Z 2013-04-30T17:32:09Z No rest for busy volunteer with dogs and horsesBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Lisa Way, of Hobart, is someone who wants to make a difference in her community.

When not busy at work, she is either at the Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited barn or helping out with Great Lakes Greyhound of Indiana.

At the EEU barn, she is most likely giving lessons to students. The organization provides children and adults with disabilities a chance to learn about and ride horses.

If not teaching, she might be helping clean out the stalls, feeding the horses, cleaning the aisles, or performing an array of other chores.

She became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International certified instructor in 1997, and has been volunteering with EEU ever since. “I love meeting all the kids and their parents. The friendship you develop with them and all the volunteers is priceless,” Way said.

When Lisa goes home from the barn, she is greeted by Pal, the greyhound she adopted a few years ago. After her first greyhound died, she went looking for another to adopt and discovered Great Lakes Greyhound of Indiana during an event at Petsmart. 

“The more I went to Petsmart to socialize Pal, the more I fell in love with the Great Lakes Greyhound family," Way added. "My favorite part of volunteering with Great Lakes Greyhound is fostering.

"When you get a new dog in the program, you have to teach them how to walk up and down stairs, and that windows and screen doors are there and you can’t walk through them.”

Lisa admitted that irt was difficult to let go of the first dogs she fostered when they got adopted, but she does not have that problem anymore because she knows they are going to good homes.

“I love volunteering and both of the organizations that I work with are so rewarding in their own ways. It keeps me busy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” she said.

For more information on Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited Inc., visit eeunwi.org.

For more information on Great Lakes Greyhound, visit: greatlakesgreyhound.org or stop by Petsmart on U.S. 30 any Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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