4 Ways to Help Your Local Shelter

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April 19, 2012
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You don’t have to be working in the animal field to help at your local shelter or rescue group. It’s often been said that doing service helps you in the process. If you’ve been thinking of volunteering but didn’t know if you have a skill that could be useful, think again. There are many positions that shelters need volunteers to fill. No matter what you do for a living, chances are you have a skill that could help a shelter and the animals who are waiting for their new forever home.

Here are 4 ways you can help:

1: If you’re skilled with online social networks and work in the web industry, you could volunteer to keep their website updated, put listings on other websites like Petfinder or keep their twitter and Facebook updates current.

2: Shelters also always need some people who have legal skills. If you have some experience in this field, it comes in handy when it comes to reviewing documentation about contracts, local laws, and copyrights.

3: Skilled at building things? You could volunteer to help repair, build, or add on to the shelter. Repairing an old fence, painting a room, or building a cat tree are all great ways to volunteer your time.

4: If you have accounting skills, shelters always need someone who can crunch some numbers and keep their records up to date. Any non-profit must keep good documentation and if you have the skills, they can certainly use your knowledge.

Also, remember, shelters are always looking for people who will spend time with the animals. Walking dogs, petting and playing with cats, and socializing them to keep them content are super important. It helps with adoptions, keep the pets feeling good, and relaxes you as well!

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