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

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Dogs with medical needs or dogs in crates for any reason may need to be walked several times a day. During times when the shelter is under quarantine or when there are more dogs than there are spaces for them, many dogs in crates may need to be walked. Walking shelter dogs can be a challenge, but it can also be a lot of fun, a great way to get exercise, and so good for the dogs. 

During times of quarantine, which are, unfortunately, all too common in many shelters, including my local shelter, walking help is even more essential. During these times, dozens of dogs are housed in crates. They have minimal walking needs met by staff, but volunteers can offer dogs much more enrichment.

PLAYING WITH DOGS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER

Playing with dogs in the yard is an awesome way to give them plenty of exercise and lots of engagement. Toys are provided or you can bring your own. You can fill up the kiddie pools on hot days so that the dogs can swim and play in the water. If you want to, work on basic obedience or provide care like bathing. Or just have fun playing. 

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