Hi I'm Jesse Goodman and I'm a loyal volunteer at much love animal rescue and have had my own dog care business for a year now. I also adopted my dog Nolee from much love. Before all this I had some struggles in life. I'll start from when my family in walnut creek CA adopted a dog named Shiloh in my junior year of high school (whos 8 year birthday when I wrote this) and she was the first dog I ever fell in love with and life was great. The next year my father got sick with brain cancer and died and I had struggles with mental health. Shiloh always comforted me and my family at home and helped me feel better.Than my mom sent me to places all over the country for 2 years to fix me until I landed in Los Angeles of December 2012. I started to get better. I was introduced to barkn bitches dog boutique and volunteering there helped but I couldn't get over there much because it was further away and I was in school studying marine biology. In September of 2015 school got me stressed and I had a nervous breakdown and dropped out of school and thought I wasn't capable of anything. I later was diagnosed with autism but was told I was very high functioning. It took me a few months to get my act together and learn what I needed to do.
When I came into much love in April of 2016 I barely knew how to take care of myself (which I finally got help on soon after). But at much love I learned pretty quick how to walk dogs the correct way and I came to the event every Sunday I could to volunteer. At much love they never judged me and was able to instruct me the right way how to take care of the dogs. After a few months of volunteering I decided to make dog care my career and eventually got my first client of August of 2016. After months of volunteering and dog walking I was finally able to take care of myself and my mom told me I was ready for my own dog. After the disappointing results of the 2016 national election I decided that I was going to pursue getting a dog for myself.
I looked on the internet at many nearby rescues other than much love.(bless much loves heart because they rescue dogs with a lot of issues that would die if not rescued) I applied for a dog at star paws because I would get a 2 week trial apparently they didn't know much about the dog and it ended up not being the right fit. I had an accident where I broke my hand and had to turn down clients and everything else with dogs for about a week. When the orthopedist told me I can walk small dogs I signed up for volunteering at much love and met Noel and walked.her from rover and back and had her at the adoption event. She was very scared and anxious and shaking there but all she wanted to do was be on my lap and give me kisses. I asked the people at the adoption for more information about her but they didn't know her well. So the next day I sent an email to much love to see how she is with her foster to see if it would be the right match for me. I eventually got an email back from her foster and she seemed perfect! I was meeting with my lifecoach to see if he would approve of me fostering Noel and the moment he approved Erin sent me a text saying that Noel needed a foster and if I can foster her. (Seemed like forces in the universe wanted me to have this dog) I said yes and I fostered her for 2 weeks until my sister visted me and was there when I officially adopted her and changed her name to Nolee. Nolee has taught me that I can force myself to get over my fears just like I forced her out of her comfort zone and is a lot less scared
Bottom line much love is a great organization that is purely non profit and is all volunteer run just to help cats and dogs! They get animals adopted that you would think would never get adopted because all the animals they rescue can have any problems you can imagine. They also gave me a life beyond my wildest dreams and I owe everything to them. PLEASE DONATE TO HELP MORE DOGGIES AND KITTIES AND KEEP THIS AMAZING VOLUNTEER PLACE GOING!!! I have donated $10 to my fundraiser from part of what I made from selling my old scuba equipment so every little bit helps.