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Volunteering at cat/dog shelter

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by FeelTheBern, Jun 3, 2017.


  1. FeelTheBern

    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    Has anyone done this? If so, what does it involve? It's something I might consider doing.
     
  2. danielled

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    Manchester dogs home I'm a volunteer dog walker there. It includes walking the sogs and playing with them and seeing if they know any commands/cues like sit for example. I volunteered at animals in distress for a while too. That included cuddling the animals and helping the nervous ones come round.
     
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    cheekyscrip Pitchfork blaster

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    Here you simply walk dogs that wait for adoption.
    I help with fundraising part and share adoption pages...

    Most of my friends have a cat/ dog or both by now....or cross the street to the other side when they see me.
    Warning: You might start fostering next, fail it badly ending keeping your foster babies....
     
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    elmthesofties PetForums Senior

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    I think it'd depend on the place. I've volunteered for a couple of animal charities that were both very, very small, so it was quite varied.
    At both of them, the pens would be cleaned out each day in the morning, so they'd be swept, mopped, poo and vomit cleaned up, and beds made. Afternoons were more for the odd jobs, like grooming, washing up, organising donations, and the very difficult task of cuddling and playing with the animals.
    Lots of people asked to do specific units, though.
     
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    Up until fairly recently I voluntered at a local shelter walking the dogs. Before that I voluntered for the RSPCA and used to walk the dogs and clean out the pens for the dogs, cats, rabbits and other small furries. I really enjoyed it, but did find that I wanted to take a lot of the animals home with me.
     
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    It means you end up with lots of adopted pets :)
     
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  8. FeelTheBern

    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    Thanks for the responses, everyone. If I was to volunteer at a pet shelter I would like to work with the dogs. Could I be assigned to a specific dog-related task, or would I be given a more general job, such as cleaning out pens?
     
  9. Sairy

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    It will depend on the shelter and how it is run. When I worked at the RSPCA I would turn up and they would tell me where they needed me and I would oblige. However, if there is something in particular that you want to do then just tell them and I'm sure if they can they will let you do it, but it may still involve other tasks as well.
     
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    I cared for charity dogs in my kennels and noticed that volunteers only wanted to be hands on with the animals ie walking and grooming etc. They weren't so keen when asked to muck out.
     
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    elmthesofties PetForums Senior

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    It's shocking how many people turn up not expecting to do any dirty work. A more extreme example, but the last charity I was at was hospital orientated, so faecal samples were requested quite often. I got a bit of a kick out of people's reactions after a while, they were usually quite entertaining. :D

    The places I've been at were very happy to accommodate people's preferences, but if you didn't have one, they'd put you on a variety of units. I get the impression that some of the larger charities prefer people to specialise, though, regardless of whether you have a preference or not.
     
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  12. FeelTheBern

    FeelTheBern They don't like it up 'em, sir!

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    Thanks. Dogs are certainly my preference but I would work with other animals if necessary. I'd work with cats, rodents and reptiles; but the shelter also keeps livestock-a field I am not too experienced in. If I had to muck out animal enclosures, this would not bother me. This shelter is part of a local chain-this chain consists of only two different shelters.
     
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