This is a simple question that you must ask yourself when you contemplate signing up. Do you spend time sitting around your house watching videos on your phone? Do you want to meet new people but don’t quite know how? Do you love animals and would like to be more involved in the community? We would love to talk to you more and discuss options we have for you.
It’s a feel good thing. Being volunteer at a rescue or shelter makes you feel like you are doing the right thing. You are contributing to the solution, which makes you feel good about the work you are doing. Part of the job as a volunteer is that you work with the animals so they can become or maintain adaptability. Most of the animals that end up at our county shelters are strays or surrendered by an owner who could not devote the necessary time or have experienced a hardships that limit their available options.
As you begin to work with an animal, you can see a change in their personality almost instantly. As mentioned earlier, most of our Animal Center’s pets are strays and have had limited interactions with humans. After spending time with the animals, whether it’s taking them for a walk, giving them a bath or just showing them some love, their personalities come out and they start to shine. You can almost see the change in their behavior instantly. Now, that is something entirely rewarding.
Walking dogs is the easiest cure for kennel stress. Kennel stress is the behavior dogs have when transitioned to a kennel. Signs of kennel stress include hiding in the back of the kennel, be less active or stop eating. Some dogs may behave defensively in response to stressful situations, while other dogs will begin to perform repetitive behaviors, increase their frequency of barking/vocalization, become destructive. Stress may also affect a dog’s physical health, causing increased susceptibility to diseases and a longer recovery time from illness. If dogs can get out of the kennel to take a walk on a regular basis, this helps relieve the stressors of the kennel and will in turn begin to act happy and healthy.
The more we help keep dogs, cats and other animals enriched, the less time they typically stay in the shelters. Being a volunteer is good for your emotional, physical, and mental health. It is scientifically proven that spending time with animals helps lower your stress levels and blood pressure. It will also keep you active, especially if you prefer to walk dogs. You get to create a unique bond with the animals, which helps your emotional health. Caring for pets can help you deal with depression, anxiety, and personal stress. Playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which helps you be calm and relaxed.
As you gain professional and life experiences. Volunteering is a great way to try out a new career or discover one you never knew of. This is a prime opportunity to explore a new area of interest. This also helps with resume building. The more skills and job experience you have on your resume, the more desirable you are to an employer. In addition to learning more skills, you would be amazed at the variety of individuals you will meet as a volunteer.
Volunteers are needed in just about every aspect of our rescue. We began our mission independently of other organizations in the in 2018 and are growing quickly. We need on site dog handlers, Instagramers, Facebook promoters, photographers and note takers. We also have opportunities for fundraising and event management.