I would like to actually do more than just donate things to a shelter this year. I would really like to go volunteer. It seems like there may be alot of red tape (liability issues, etc.) that would be involved. I don't mind paperwork. Has anyone done this? What I would like to do is just go down there one day and give each dog some extra love and attention over the holiday season. I know there would be some poop scooping and other boring tasks involved, and that's fine - as long as I get to love on the dogs and maybe even get to play with some of them. Do you think this would be allowed? My biggest problem would probably be leaving there empty-handed. I think it would be sad for me, but good for the animals to have love during Christmas.
I think they would be thankful to have someone to love on them, I know out where I live they like people to come in and take they dogs for walks. I'm like you and wouldn't want to leave empty handed either, it breaks my heart seeing them in there without familys to love :(
I have voulnteered at a shelter. It was a rural shelter so I'm sure paperwork wasn't high on the list. I just called the shelter and talked to the lady in charge and showed up. I think you should do it, sometimes those dogs just need more than the average short walk! Good luck!!!
They always need people to socialize the animals, walk them, etc. When I was 15 I volunteered at the Sue Sternburg shelter. I helped socialize the puppies and walk the older dogs.
There were these 2 puppies from down south, about 8 months old. Some type of lab mixes. Sweetest little girls..... they had never had any human interaction, were in a shelter from the moment they were born. The shelter they were in down south abused them though. They didn't know what love was. We worked so darn hard socializing them, one day the one turned on me... they ended up putting her down. I quit shortly after that. Was too depressing :( But as soon as I'm 18 I'm signing up at the SPCA.
Anyway, went off on a tangent there. They also always need people to help clean kennels, answer the phones, etc. Call the shelter and see what they need.