The woman walked into the animal shelter one Saturday, and she got hooked.
She’s returned for about five hours every day since then. She walks dogs there, leading them around the yard in front of the Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg. By her own admission, 48-year-old Darcy Leal is addicted. And it’s a good addiction to have.
Volunteering at the shelter has improved her mood. Even friends have noticed the change. She says she feels peaceful, fulfilled and rewarded – feelings experts say are common for people who volunteer. Volunteering helps the volunteer. READ MORE