Shelters and rescues are almost always looking for volunteers, and this is one of the most important ways you can help out. Don’t worry about your exact skill set or if you haven’t worked with animals before. Not only are there responsibilities involving the animals, but the facilities always need to be cleaned and organized. Volunteer responsibilities can include cleaning, caring for or feeding the pets, walking the dogs, spending a few minutes petting the animals, performing administrative duties, or doing construction, yard work, or sewing—you name it, and they probably need help with it! Often there is a short training class required for handling animals. Volunteers handle only animals that have been assessed to be appropriate for a volunteer to care for. These are just some examples of ways your time may be useful, so if you have a strong interest in volunteering, please call or visit your local shelter and ask what exactly you may be able to do.

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