By Darlene Duggan, TAILS blogger
What is the best way to get involved in the community and show your support of animal shelters? Volunteering, of course! So, you have gone through the application process and attended the orientation, and now you are ready to start helping out. Not so quick, though! There are some things that every shelter volunteer should know first.
1. Stick to the dress code communicated to you by the shelter administration.
These dress codes were designed to keep both you and the animals safe. Even if it is 99 degrees outside and you are exercising large dogs that require all your muscle and energy to control, keep your closed-toed shoes and long pants on! You don’t want to compromise the animal or yourself with an errant nail or claw to your shin.
2. If you don’t know, ask.
If a visitor asks a question about the shelter or an animal that you don’t know the answer to, ask a staff person for clarification. There is nothing worse than giving out misinformation to visitors. Likewise, if you don’t know how to do something or where to find something, ask a staff person or fellow volunteer first. It’s always better (for you and the animals!) to have the correct information before doing anything.