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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week, which means it’s a great time to think about ways that you can help the animals in your local area.

Shelters are always in need of help with everything from fundraising events, to walking dogs, and even taking photos of the animals for their websites. Call the shelter closest to you and find out what types of help they need the most.

Do you have a zoo or aquarium in your area? Most are happy to have volunteers to help with tasks that range from feeding, cleaning, and even helping patrons find their way through the exhibits. Volunteering can be a great way to learn about careers in animal care, and to learn more about the conservation programs that take place in zoos and aquariums.

Consider volunteering for your local rescue group. If you can become a foster, you can help prepare animals for their forever homes. Maybe you are a great writer and can help a rescue put out a newsletter or update their blog. Do you have web skills? Perhaps they need help with that.

No time to volunteer? Local rescue groups are always in need of funds. Some shelters and rescues really need food donations, and even toys for the animals. These are great alternatives for those who don’t have time to get hands on.

Be creative and think of the skills that you can offer to your favorite animal rescue or shelter. The work you will do can save lives!


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11:05AM PDT on May 2, 2011


5:12PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

No matter where you volunteer, giving others support above yourself brings out the best in humanity.

8:29AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Great article =] thanks for sharing =]

4:59AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

thanks for telling the world

11:24AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

So far, all my volunteer work has been sorting food. Every other opportunity comes while I'm at work or I find out about it after they've reached the max number of participants. I'd love too, though.

11:54AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

At Start of National Volunteer Week, Seventy Come Out for the Critters at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

On Saturday, April 9th, the eve of the 37th Annual National Volunteer Week announced by presidential proclamation, seventy volunteers gathered from the across the Hudson Valley, New York City, and as far away as central New Jersey to lend muscle and cheer to Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s “Work Party,” an event held several times annually at the horse and farm animal rescue organization in Saugerties, New York.

After one of the toughest winters on record, CAS was in need of a little TLC. It got that and more as seven crews of ten planted greenery in the chicken yards, resurfaced gravel entrances to horse fields, painted and repaired long stretches of fence, removed piles of debris, and cleared pastures.

CAS Founder/Director Kathy Stevens explained, “Volunteers have always been important to CAS, and we’re thrilled when good folks come out in droves. The work never ends on a large farm, and given our limited budget, we depend on kind people to share their time to care for our animal friends…so this is fabulous!”

For more information on how to get involved with CAS and help farm animals rescued from cruelty and abuse, visit, or call 845-336-8447. To find volunteer opportunities in the Hudson Valley region, visit

5:03AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011


10:14PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

I do what I can- every little bit helps.

6:26PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Most shelters and rescue groups have "wish lists" of things that they need, & they're often listed on their website. My local shelter has been taking donated shredded paper. It's a great way to recycle and also help them out.

1:27PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Thanks for posting.

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