Volunteer focus: Ole Sandbaeb, RSPCA
SAVING animals' lives is what keeps RSPCA volunteer Ole Sandbaeb going in life.
After moving to Gladstone from Denmark, Mr Sandbaeb said he needed to find something constructive to do until he received his legal right to work in Australia.
"I started volunteering in April this year because I have lots of time on my hands," he said.
"I chose the RSPCA because I've always had dogs in my life and I really love them."
With no volunteer history, Mr Sandbaeb said he just walked into the centre and asked about becoming a kennel helper.
"Once I got there I found out that I could do more than just clean the kennels at the adoption bay, I would actually become a foster carer," he said.
"In my short time, I've fostered about 15 dogs."
Mr Sandbaeb said he developed a strong connection to most animals and that's what kept him coming back for more.
"I own two dogs already but some I just get so attached to," he said.
"I get a real buzz out of basically saving their lives."
Looking after the animals is like a full-time job to Mr Sandbaeb, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
"Out of all the needy souls out there it's animals that need the help the most."