Sometimes people ask me why I volunteer at a place which can be so sad. My answer is easy: the dogs. Once you get to know just one of these dogs, you won't be able to forget them. Here are some ways to get hands on with these awesome dogs. WALKING SHELTER DOGS Dogs with … Continue reading Hands on volunteering at the animal shelter
If you can't get to the shelter you can still help. Here are some things that you can do from home that will make a huge difference in the lives of the dogs in your community. Donate or fundraise for shelter dogs Two things that all animal rescues are always in need of are money … Continue reading Volunteer from Home
Have you ever thought about taking a shelter dog out for the day, for the weekend, or as a short-term foster, but felt horrible at the thought of having to bring them back to the shelter? If so, you're not alone. Many volunteers and potential fosters hesitate to take a dog out of the shelter … Continue reading Research proves that dog day outs really do benefit shelter dogs
If you love dogs and live in Alachua County, then you are really missing out if you aren't volunteering with Alachua County Animal Services. We are so lucky to have an animal services that is devoted to the welfare of their animals and allows as much volunteer involvement as possible. Unlike private rescues who take … Continue reading If you’re not volunteering… you’re missing out!
All dogs decline in the animal shelter, but some develop problems faster than others. Dogs that come in with behavioral concerns are unlikely to have those problems addressed at the shelter. Dogs are traumatized by the shelter environment. When dogs develop chronic negative behavior in the kennel, aggression towards other dogs or people, or other … Continue reading Work with shelter dogs who need extra help
When I arrive, the sun has not yet made it over the towering pine trees behind the shelter. Already the air is still and wet, promising another sweltering spring day in Gainesville, Fl. The boggy ground, carpeted with moss, squishes as I walk across it. I wish good morning to an orange feral cat who … Continue reading Why I Volunteer
The volunteers and dedicated staff of Alachua County Animal Services save the lives of dogs every day. They do this by marketing individual dogs on social media and in the community, by playing with and training dogs so that they are more adoptable, and by fostering dogs to make room at Animal Services for incoming … Continue reading Why Volunteers Matter for Rescue Plea Dogs
Shelter dog euthanasia is a serious problem throughout America. This is how I helped to save a pitbull mix named Wade from being one of the thousands of dogs euthanized in shelters this year.
Do you have an hour or an afternoon to spare? Consider volunteering at the shelter. Volunteer orientation is quick and easy. Once you know the ropes, you can show up anytime the shelter is open, grab a key, and take some dogs out for much-needed time in the yard. Volunteer Facebook group Once you are … Continue reading Volunteer at the Animal Shelter
The shelter can get to be a bit much for even the most mellow dog. Sleepovers give dogs a break from the shelter environment. Sleepovers are a great opportunity for people who aren’t sure about fostering to try it out. If you are too busy to foster a dog during the week but would love … Continue reading Overnight visits for shelter dogs