It’s #dogust and we’re celebrating the dogs of ContactEase (and the humans who love them)! If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve already met one of our four-legged friends, Welker Elliott. What you may know about #dogust is that August 1 is the unofficial birthday of rescue dogs. In this post, we’re introducing you to the rescue work of ContactEase IT Technical Manager, Greg Thomas.
When he’s not working with clients to ensure a smooth implementation or help them use CRM to its fullest potential, Greg volunteers with the American Belgian Malinois Rescue, a breed-specific rescue organization that focuses on, you guessed it, the Belgian Malinois.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Belgian Malinois is known for being “smart, confident and versatile.” It is also known as a “world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with its human partner.” These qualities make the breed a popular choice with police, federal agencies and other law enforcement. In fact, it was as a military police K-9 officer in the United States Army that Greg first became familiar with the breed.
Mailinois can also be very high strung and require a lot of attention which is why not all make the cut for this kind of work. As a result, many end up in shelters. And that’s where the ABRM comes in – the organization tries to rescue and place as many dogs as it can.
ABMR has volunteers like Greg across the United States who conduct home visits and interview potential families (both foster and adoptive). Volunteers also help coordinate transfers of Malinois across the country by breaking the transport into one-two hour segments. Local volunteers drive and transfer to the next driver until the dog reaches its final adoptive or foster family. Greg has helped transfer dogs from Maine to Florida, New Jersey to Texas, and even adopted a few of his own. Greg and his family have adopted three Belgian Malinois through the rescue.