What Should you Know About Volunteering at the Humane Society?

Charli Saltzman

Volunteering is important. What is even more important is volunteering for a cause you feel passionate about. I have always felt passionate about animals, so I chose to volunteer at the humane society. During my first day there, I learned about a few things regarding volunteer work with animals. I don’t remember all of it, but I’d like to share with you what I believe is important to know before volunteering with the humane society.

First of all, it is important to remember the rules about clean environments. Before you can play with or handle any animal, you should have sanitized your hands. Also, if you allowed the animal to walk around on the floor, it is important to take the time to sweep and mop the floor before bringing another animal in. Another important aspect of volunteering is to know how to handle the animals.

Make sure you know how all of the animals should be handled. If you are aware of this, you will feel more comfortable along with helping the animal feel comfortable with you. For example, know how to gently but quickly slip the lead over the dog’s head before letting him out. One thing you don’t want to happen is for the dog to get loose. None of the animals should be running around the building. Also, you should only play with one animal at a time. It is not a good idea to take two cats from different cages at the same time. These two cats may not get along, or maybe one of them is sick. These are just a few tips to consider when knowing how to handle the animals.

One other thing I would say is to be patient. Maybe you thought you knew how to do something, and then you find out you didn’t. It’s okay. Keep trying. Also, be willing to do anything that the humane society needs help with. Sometimes laundry needs to be folded, cages and windows need to be cleaned, and dog dishes need to be washed. Maybe you’ve seen those dog KONGS. One thing that I did was fill these KONGS with food to serve as treats for the dogs. Also, remember that most of the time you will probably be working on your own. However, don’t forget that other people volunteer there too.

If you are an animal lover, chances are there are other volunteers who are animal lovers. You might just make new friends while there. Be open to meeting new people. It is possible for networking to happen here. Finding jobs can be difficult, but the more people you know, the more chances you have of finding that dream job.

Volunteering at the humane society is important. They need volunteers. There are so many animals that need help. So, won’t you help them? You won’t regret it.



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