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!
Photo from Penny Mathews