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Loving the Unwanted for Very Little: The Emotional Toll on Animal Shelter Volunteers

Animals  (tags: animal shelters, volunteers, loving, compassion, homeless animals, emotions )

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Nearly a third of the dogs and cats entering shelters are animals that had homes but whose owners had relinquished them to an animal shelter. The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy conducted a study at 12 different animal shelters in


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Susan S (187)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 6:42 pm
As a volunteer at the SPCA I understand the emotional toll that caring for animals in distress can make. I also know of the rich rewards and the unconditional love of helping the animals. I believe that the benefits far outweigh the costs. I highly recommend volunteering to any animal lovers who are considering it - you will be rewarded.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 12:41 pm
Thanks, Simone. My daughter just started volunteering at our local Humane Society, and I worry about the toll it might eventually take on her--she's so loving and super-sensitive. Thanks, again, for the article.

Athena C (8)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 3:11 pm
Very true. The emotional toil it takes is immense. God bless all of you who donate your time to the lost ones.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:03 pm
I have seen family run shelters where tears are shed daily - they care - wish all were like this.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:07 pm
Than You Simone...noted. Extremely emotional and I applaude all the Animal Shelter Workers..they are very special people!!!

Sharon Karson (82)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:25 pm
This is a beautiful article. I am glad that conditions have improved. Volunteering for such a job can be heartrending, but life DOES promise us a rose garden. It just forgets to warn us about the thorns. The attempt to live life without pain insulates us from joy as well. What could bring more joy to those who work with or volunteer in the service of animals than they find in the beautiful forgiveness, trust, and love of these animals?

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:26 pm
Noted, thanks !

Patricia Myers (73)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 5:16 pm
thankyou noted

Kathleen B (272)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 5:32 pm

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Friday December 31, 2010, 7:35 am
Noted. Thank you.

Cindy C (125)
Saturday January 1, 2011, 2:16 pm
thank you
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