1. We Need Volunteers
Volunteering is one way to give back to the community. We struggle without volunteers. Abandoned and abused dogs need to interact with people to get used to human interaction. They also need to be fed and walked regularly.
2. It is Beneficial for Your Emotional & Mental Health
Generally speaking, volunteering has positive emotional and psychological effects. Working with animals has additional benefits that can boost your overall health. Petting and cuddling pets have been shown to reduce blood pressure and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine (these hormones help you relax and manage depression and stress).
3. There Are Lots of Fun Activities to Do
You can pick from an activity that you enjoy even as you help out at the shelter. For example, if you love photography, you can volunteer to take photos of the dogs. If you enjoy DIY and crafts, you can volunteer to make toys. We need volunteers for:
Simple construction (block-laying mostly)
Walking and taking care of dogs
4. Prepare Yourself to Adopt a Pet
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in taking care of dogs. There are lots of things you can learn about taking care of pets. If you plan to adopt a pet in the future, working at a shelter will give you the experience you need. You can tap into the knowledge of other experts.
5. Open Up New Opportunities
Volunteer work has many long-term benefits and can open up new opportunities for you. You can use the experience on your resume. You may also use the experience to find a job or another volunteering opportunity.