Hi everyone. Island Cat Mom here…taking over the blog once again. The other day I was in PetSmart buying some kitty litter and a few other things. The shelter I volunteer with has a few cats in the adoption habitat at the store. I walked over and saw Perseous…one of the cats from our shelter…and said hello to him. A young woman with her small child also was standing there checking out the cats. I mentioned to her that the cats are from the shelter I volunteer with and she said “I could never volunteer at a shelter…I would want to take all the animals home!” I can’t tell you how many times I hear this comment from people.
Awhile back, I shared my experience as an animal shelter volunteer. While I enjoy feeding, cleaning and interacting with the shelter cats, I know it’s not for everyone…like the young woman that I spoke with at PetSmart. But there are some other ways you can volunteer with a shelter or rescue group. And some of them don’t involve going to the shelter. Some you can do from your home in your spare time.
Here are several non-traditional ways of volunteering…
You cold help out in the office or with other administrative tasks. Along with running a shelter comes paperwork. And I know shelters and rescues can use help with this. In addition to volunteering at my local shelter, I also help out one of our local rescue groups by writing and sending the thank you notes for donations they receive. And I do this from the comfort of my own home at my own pace.
Are you good with the computer? How about helping out with the shelter’s website? Or listing the adoptable animals on various adoption websites? Once again, this could be done from your home and when you have the time.
Our shelter, like most shelters and rescue groups, has a number of fundraising events during the year…like spaghetti dinners, garage sales, and wine and beer tasting parties. They always need assistance coordinating these events as well as at the event itself. And not only would you be helping…you’d have some fun, too!
Are you good at photography? Why not offer to take photos of the adoptable animals that can be posted to adoption websites or other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter?
You could be an animal transporter. Shelter animals need to go to the vet, whether it’s to be spayed or neutered or to be treated for a health issue. Transportation to and from the vet clinic is always needed. Also, some animals are transferred to other shelters or rescues or foster homes and they may need a ride to get them to their new location. So if you drive and have car, you could help out this way.
Volunteering can be done in many ways. I hope these ideas I’ve shared help give you some other ways on how you can volunteer with your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with the shelter or rescue group people, too. They may have some suggestions as well.
However you decide to volunteer…whether at a shelter or some other non-traditional way…remember that you are helping the animals. And that is what’s most important.
And now…a gratuitous photo of Wally and Ernie…because I know all of you want to see some cats, too.