1. Your Local Shelter Needs Volunteers
Volunteering at your local shelter is one way to give back to the community. Many animal shelters are looking for volunteers to help them with various aspects of raising pets.
Most animal shelters would 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, giving back to the community 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. Those hormones help you to relax and manage depression and stress. Studies show that people who frequently play with pets tend to have lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.
3. There Are Lots of Fun Activities to Do
Another benefit of working with a local shelter is that there are many activities. 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 pictures of the dogs.
If you enjoy DIY and crafts, you can volunteer to make toys. You can work as an adoption counselor to match pets and their new owners. An animal shelter will need volunteers for:
Walking and taking care of dogs
Making toys for dogs
Cooking food and making treats for pets
4. Prepare Yourself to Adopt a Pet
Volunteering at a local shelter 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. You will have the opportunity to ask questions from highly skilled staff.
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.
Time to Get Involved
The beauty of working for a local animal shelter is that you can choose from many activities and responsibilities. The work hours can be flexible, allowing you to commit a few hours a week. Always choose something you enjoy so that you can make the most of the experience. At Easy's, there is always a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Feel free to call or visit to learn more. There is someone at the shelter every day from 8 a.m. to noon.
Help make a difference and
sign up to volunteer today!