Promoting adoption, spay/neuter, and forever homes

Will You Help?

200x165_hsus_support_local_shelters_catYou like animals or you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.  I’ll bet you have sympathy and compassion for shelter/rescue animals too, and possibly even have one or more “companion animals” living at your home.

Have you ever considered volunteering at an animal shelter?  If not directly working with the animals, maybe working for them?  Other than doing “hands on” day-to-day care—which I do want to emphasize is desperately needed since the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation (county shelter) received a 44% reduction in county shelter personnel due to the budget cuts—there are so many other things you can do to help the animals.  Some jobs can even be done from home.

For instance, you can walk the adoptable dogs and socialize the adoptable dogs and cats.  You can be trained to do adoption counseling.  Do you like caring for animals, but need to work from home?  Try fostering or sponsoring a dog or cat.  Fostering/sponsoring directly saves animal lives, especially now when the shelter is full.  Enjoy working with children?  Sign up to help educate children about important animal issues through in-school presentations.  Do you enjoy working with people?  Work as a greeter or at the Information Desk.  Are you creative?  Maybe you would enjoy helping raise funds for the critters. The county shelter needs enthusiastic and professional people to help T.E.A.M (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter), the 501 (c)(3) non-profit shelter’s primary fundraising entity in  raising funds to support shelter programs.  Do you enjoy taking photos?  Photograph adoptable animals for Petfinder and the website.

Training is given to all county shelter volunteers, starting with a basic orientation.  No pay, but helping to make a difference for the animals will make you feel good.  A list of volunteering opportunities is on the county shelter website.  County shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  The county shelter is unable to accommodate school or court-ordered community service credits.

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Celeste Ingrid at (916) 875-5848.

November 7, 2010 - Posted by | PetFinder, SCACR, Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (TEAM), Volunteers | , , ,

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