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Our volunteers are our most important asset and they do a remarkable job helping us help the animals. Volunteers help in almost every capacity of our operation. Our volunteers help us in almost every aspect of our day to day operations.

There are some things you may want to know about volunteering:

The following information about Volunteering was taken from petside.com 

Animal Shelter Volunteering: What to Know


It's not at all unnatural for those who love animals to want to become involved and actively do something to help them. One excellent and common way that individuals choose to help is by volunteering at local animal shelters.

Though they enter with the best of intentions, even the most enthusiastic of volunteers sometimes find themselves surprised at some of the tasks they must conduct, mostly due to the fact that they're expecting to do something different. Before you make the decision to volunteer, here are some things you might want to know. Just remember; no matter what you're doing with your local animal shelter, you're making a difference in the lives of animals!

What to Know About Animal Shelter Volunteering: You Will Have to Do a Multitude of Tasks

One of the first things folks should know about animal shelter volunteering is that you'll most likely be asked to do a myriad of tasks.

Not all of the tasks you'll be asked to do are the nice, clean "fun" ones you'd expect to do. Often times, volunteers will be asked to spend time cleaning the shelter's cages and kennels, making them neat and sanitary for the shelter's residents.

"People may also find themselves doing administrative work, such as filing paperwork and writing "Thank You" notes for the shelter's donators," adds Kim Saunders, Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations for Petfinder.com.

And then, on the other hand, there are the tasks that one would likely look forward to, like helping walk the shelter's dogs or playing with the shelter's animals.

When volunteering, it's important to remember and keep the perspective that every bit of time you spend with an animal shelter is helping that shelter function and save animal lives. So while all the tasks may not be the "fun" ones you signed up for (depending on how you define "fun"), they are all critical to the success of an animal shelter.

What to Know About Animal Shelter Volunteering: Are There Health Hazards for My Resident Pets?

When people make the choice to volunteer, one question that often creeps up is whether or not volunteering poses any potential health hazards for resident pets at home. People think that spending time around animals unfamiliar to their own could adversely affect their own pets.

In general, however, this isn't the case.

"First of all, any people with pets thinking of volunteering should ensure that their own pets have routine veterinary checks and are vaccinated," says Saunders. "If this is the case, the risk of catching something or bringing something home to your pets is very low."

Though the risk of a potential health hazard is low, Saunders still advises that animal shelter volunteers take the regular health precautions that they usually would.

"If you're in close contact with pets, just be sure to always wash your hands," advises Saunders. "Also, it might be a good idea to have a change of clothes and a pair of shoes designated for your shelter work."

What to Know About Animal Shelter Volunteering: How Can I Volunteer Without Getting Too Attached?

It's only natural--the more time you spend around animals, the more likely you are to get attached to them. While the level of attachment varies from person to person, attachment will mostly likely occur simply because these people care about animals, which is the reason they volunteer in the first place.

The key, Saunders says, is to figure out ways to channel that attachment.

"It's important to always keep in mind outcomes, and keep things in perspective," she says. "Just like fostering pets, it's important to realize that the attachment you had in the role you played in an animal shelter was critical to helping that animal find a home. You were instrumental, even if you are sad in the end that you won't be spending the time that you were."

No matter how you volunteer, you are making a difference. Whether you are working just a few hours a week or more, any time spent volunteering at an animal shelter is helping greatly.

"Volunteers are worth their weight in gold," says Saunders. "They are truly saving lives."

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VOLUNTEER

We need volunteers 7 days a week.

If  you are interested
 please call
Sylvia at 513-368-4568
PLEASE CALL FIRST BEFORE COMING TO THE SHELTER


If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must come in with you the first time to sign a document.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

CLEAN CAT CAGES & ROOMS


HELP WITH FUNDRAISERS


HELP WITH RECYCLING PROGRAMS (USED CELL PHONES AND ALUMINUM CANS)

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