Volunteer of the month at PrideRock
Liz Young and Dave Burton – September Volunteers of the Month
Passionate and dedicated to the care and treatment of all living creatures, Liz Young and Dave Burton are true animal lovers. While they don’t have cats at home, they are owned by three Great Danes, and through their involvement with City Vet, they became aware of big cat sanctuaries in the DFW area. For the last 3 years, Liz and Dave have dedicated their time and money to supporting big cats in need through volunteering to clean enclosures, feeding, enrichment, cat companionship and also using their creative skills to write, design, photograph and produce videos as marketing materials for fundraising efforts.
Liz and Dave joined PrideRock in April 2015 and have immersed themselves in helping around the sanctuary – cleaning enclosures, doing enrichment, helping with fundraising, and taking photographs and videos for FaceBook and marketing materials. Dave was the talent behind the wonderful videos of Rambo, Cherokee, Leo and the Bears for the North Texas Giving Day event. They do all of this while developing strong relationships with the cats.
With his amazing, lion’s heart, Pharaoh has officially stolen Dave’s heart, and it’s amazing to see their relationship. Pharaoh watches Dave as he does his volunteer duties with a pleading look in his eye for Dave to come and give him more love – almost jealous when Dave is working with another cat! They have fun running up and down the fence playing chase, and Dave has a hard time getting pictures of Pharaoh because he always comes to the fence for attention!
Sweet and gentle Tiggy instantly won Liz’s heart. While she tends to be a bit shy with people, Tiggy immediately warmed up to Liz and will run to the fence when she sees her coming, greeting her with a soft chuff and fence rub for affection. And Tiggy gets very annoyed with Tony when he comes over and interrupts her “Liz Time,” so Liz will always bring her a special gift of enrichment like some bamboo to chew on or scented cardboard or paper to tear up – letting her know she’s a special girl!
Liz and Dave are so happy to be part of the amazing PrideRock family! And with their dedication to this cause, Liz and Dave are planning a trip to Africa to participate in a photo safari and in hopes to volunteer at Kevin Richardson’s Wildlife Sanctuary.