Where would we be without our amazing volunteers? ALL animal shelters and sanctuaries need them. Volunteers can be the backbone of organizations such as Animals for Awareness. Their importance CANNOT be stressed enough! Sometimes organizations take volunteers for granted. Often they put unrealistic demands on them. The fact is, WE are lucky to have THEM!
It’s not an easy job. In fact it can be downright dirty! It can leave you feeling rewarded, beat up, sad, happy, frustrated… you name it. Not everyone is cut out for volunteer work. Some people jump right in with both feet, and jump out just as quickly when they realize it’s not all glorious fun and games. Others get bored or lack commitment. Some are unreliable. It takes a very special kind of person to be a GOOD volunteer. At Animals for Awareness, we’ve got a handful of real champs!!
So, what do volunteers at Animals for Awareness do?
- Clean cages – the #1 task!!! (a very dirty job sometimes!)
- Feed and water animals (usually done with #1)
- Prepare meals and special diets
- Develop enrichment programs
- Research projects
- Research animal care
- General cleaning of animal areas
- Help with cage construction
- Assist at educational programs
- Grocery shop
- Donation pick-ups
- Rescue pick-ups
- Posting flyers for educational programs
- Design brochures and other AFA materials
- Run a critter to the vet or pick one up
- Foster a sick animal that needs extra care until it’s recovered
- Mentor a fledgling volunteer
- Website and graphics design
- Grounds maintenance and upkeep
- Facility beautification (design, implement, artwork, etc…)
- Handyman work i.e., plumbing, electrical, carpentry
- Anything else that comes up!!
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the animals, feel free to e-mail us for more information. All inquiries are welcome! However, due to the type of animals we house, volunteers are carefully screened, and you must be 18 years or older to be considered for volunteer work.