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National Volunteer Week: A Safran engineer opens his home to rescue dogs

Corporate social responsibility

During this year’s National Volunteer Week, Safran is spotlighting Steve Margl, an engineer who has a passion for dogs.

Steve Margl, Chief Engineer at Safran Test Cells

Margl is Chief Engineer at Safran Test Cells, a world leader in the engineering of test cells for all aero-engine types: civil turbofans and military turbojets; powerplants for helicopters and regional aircraft; as well as auxiliary power units.

As a dog lover, Margl is an active volunteer with Warrior Dog Rescue – an organization whose mission is to save dogs that are homeless, left abandoned in shelters, are surrendered by their owners, those that are being abused and neglected, as well as those that are left wandering.  It is a foster-based volunteer organization that relies on fundraising and donations to operate. Close to 3,000 dogs have been rescued so far thanks to this organization.

When asked about the difficulties facing Warrior Dog Rescue, Margl said: “It comes with great challenges such as vet care.” He highlighted a recent example involving 15 puppies that were infected with a potentially fatal virus. After being rescued from the wild, they received great care thanks to the support of Warrior Dog Rescue.

Margl has been with Warrior Dog Rescue since its creation five years ago, and he previously served with another rescue organization.  “There is such a huge need for helping dogs and it never seems to end. This organization rescues dogs from the wild, abusive situations, and kill shelters and provides the care they need to recover and find them great ‘furever’ homes.”

Margl – who has been with New Brighton, Minnesota-based Safran Test Cells for the past six years – shares his passion by encouraging colleagues to also become volunteers.

Reflecting on his experience, he concluded: “Warrior Dog Rescue is great group of volunteers that donate their time and homes to care for these dogs until the new home can be found. Although there are challenges, there are also rewards, like lots of puppy kisses for all!”