Great article by Jon Alexander on May 4, however, a correction is needed. The county animal shelter does have approximately 12 volunteers but that includes foster families, not those who show up on site daily.
There are about three of us that show up daily and we are in dire need of more daily volunteers unless the county authorizes more hours for the kennel technician. It is currently a part-time position for one person only. Consequently, he barely has sufficient time to feed the dogs in the morning, help take them to their outdoor kennels, clean the indoor kennels and set them up for the evening return of the dogs, wash the feeding bowls, then clean the outdoor kennels and set them up with water and any other needs.
Bear in mind there are typically 25-plus dogs and hence, 50-plus individual kennels to maintain and typically no time for other tasks such as kennel repairs, laundry, helping potential adopters, etc. Most of the time this cannot be accomplished in the allotted hours so that’s when the volunteers fill the gap.
I’ve been volunteering for 10 months and have seen many classes held to train volunteers but sadly most of them do not follow through and return to help. I strongly encourage community dog lovers to volunteer not only to help the dogs but to help yourself as well.
Since volunteering my shoulder impingement is cured from tossing balls, playing fetch with the dogs and I’ve lost about 25 pounds from all of the walking. And it is such a joy when a dog gets adopted to a good home.
If you can’t volunteer, you can always donate — funds are always needed for the veterinarian bills since many of the dogs arrive in poor condition due to neglectful owners. The county neuters/spays the dog before being adopted out and most of the outdoor kennels are aged and need to be replaced.
Volunteer or donate. It will make both you and the doggies feel good.