10 Reasons To Volunteer at C.A.R.E.

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Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of our shelter, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of the wonderful helpers that assist us in a multitude of ways. Here are 10 reasons why should sign up!

1. Helping out pets in need

A lot of pets that end up in shelters are strays or were given up for adoption. Depending on the size of the shelter, each animal may not be getting the attention they need, so volunteering to spend time with them helps improve their lives and chances of getting adopted since you are helping to keep them socialized and allowing them to not go stir crazy in their kennels.

2. Giving back to the community

There’s just something about volunteering that makes you feel good inside. You’re putting in time and effort while not asking for anything in return, so of course you should feel good! Caring enough to help out the community is a reward on its own.

3. Gaining experience if you plan to adopt

If you’re planning to adopt one day, volunteering is a great way to dip your toes in the water. The shelter probably can’t teach you everything, but it’s a good start on learning how to properly walk a dog and get used to picking up after it.

4. Could help you make the decision to adopt

Even if you’ve never thought about adopting before, who knows? Once you see a dog at the shelter and get to know it a little better, you may find yourself wanting to take it home.

5. Fun group activity

Bring a friend with you to volunteer! It’s just as fun as shopping or going to the movies and as an added bonus, it doesn’t hurt your wallet.

6. Meeting other volunteers

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet, and what better place to find friends than at the shelter? You get to talk to other people who share an interest in dogs and share some fun pet experiences.

7. Great for a resume

Even though it’s not a paid job, volunteering does have its benefits in the long run. Whether you’re applying for college or a job, most employers value the fact that you care about your community.

8. De-stress from work

Work and school can get stressful, but volunteering is actually a pretty good stress reliever. Playing with a dog will really take your mind off of things, while walking a dog lets you stretch those legs and get some exercise in.

9. Leads to more volunteering opportunities

If you’re looking for bigger responsibilities at your local shelter, ask the staff if there are more opportunities for you to help out.

10. Volunteering can potentially lead to a full-time job

Sometimes the employees at shelters start out as volunteers. If saving the lives of animals is a passion for you, volunteering could potentially be the start of a very fulfilling career.

Interested in helping us? Click here to see our volunteer opportunities, then fill out our volunteer application and our Volunteer Manager will get back to you with more details!

Portions of this article taken from: http://www.sittingforacause.com/blog/featured-rescue/10-reasons-why-you-should-volunteer-at-your-local-animal-shelter/

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