Without animal shelters and rescues, starving dogs and cats would roam the streets. And more litters of unwanted kittens would meet horrible ends.
But animal shelters can only do their work thanks to volunteers.
November 8 is Volunteer Action Day
Petsmart Charities, through their People Saving Pets initiative, is encouraging people to volunteer with their own local organization. At their site, you can
- enter your zip code to find local volunteer opportunities;
- get resources for your local organization to recruit and use volunteers; and
- check out some cool infographics that describe how volunteers help animals.
If you aren’t already volunteering with animals, or if you want to spread the word, check out the site and share.
As I write this, I have a fostering application for my local shelter sitting on my desk.
One of the reasons I got a purebred dog from a breeder instead of adopting from a shelter was so I could do some kind of volunteer work involving dogs. My two thoughts were raising puppies for a service dog organization or fostering for a local shelter or rescue.
Neither of those activities would have worked with my previous dogs. But I think Honey will be a great volunteer partner.
And I developed a dream that I spend a lot of time pursuing. I can’t tell you what it is yet. You never know who is listening in.
But suffice it to say that when I perfect my freeze ray, you’ll know… Oh, sorry. Wrong blog. That’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog.
But anyway–I know I’m not the only person stretched too thin.
Making time to volunteer
So how do you make time to do good things you don’t have time to do?
I know many of you foster dogs. Some are puppy raisers for a service dog organization. Many of you are parents. Some are students. Some of you have multiple dogs and make homemade meals or compete with your dogs in agility or obedience.
So do your part for volunteer action day by convincing me to fill out the fostering application for 2012.
Share your secrets. Even brag a bit. How do you manage your schedule? What choices do you make to keep from shortchanging your family?