Volunteer of the Month: Miranda McCraw

MirandaMcCraw1-296x300Since the very beginning of her volunteer time at APS, Miranda McCraw has been willing to step up wherever needed. She sees a job that needs to be done and she’s ready to problem solve, support and lead. She walks dogs, has served on our Tails at Twilight and Walk for the Animals Committees, and has stepped up to take a leadership role with our Education Committee. It’s great knowing that we can depend on such a knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer. We’re so glad to have her on our team!

Q. When and why did you begin volunteering at the APS?

A. I started volunteering with APS of Durham in June of 2013. I have found that I always need to have an opportunity to give back in some way or I feel like I am missing something in my life. This was the case before I started spending time at the APS, which I was drawn to because of my love for animals and passion for their humane treatment.

Q. You do so much for APS. What do you like most?

A. A couple weekends a month I walk and socialize with dogs; I really wish I could do that more often and hope to find more time for the dogs in the near future! Primarily I work with the Education team, signing the APS up for events and making sure volunteers can attend. At these events, we share information and challenge the public to fun trivia about the APS and pets in general. It’s really rewarding to know that by being present and active at events, people are more likely to check out the shelter. And you may even save lives by clearing up misconceptions that could harm animals (such as feeding dogs grapes or declawing cats). I love seeing the wonder in people’s eyes when they learn a new fact about the shelter or animals!

Q. What animals do you have at home?

A. At home, I have two wonderful rescue lab mixes, Axle and Tesla, as well as two mischievous rescue ferrets, Archie and Cyril. Between the four of them, there’s never a dull moment at the McCraw house!

Q. Tell me a little about what you like to do when not here.

A. My full-time job is in Human Resources at the Washington Duke Inn. I also like to spend time with my animals and my husband Richard – we enjoy camping, hiking, boating, or simply lazing about the house with a good book!