Spring is a time of renewal. A great way to celebrate the start of spring is to give a little love to those less fortunate. Why not help out at your local animal shelter and show some forgotten animals you care. There are several reasons to volunteer at a shelter.
Shelters are non-profit, meaning they need all the help they can get
Maybe you can not have animals in your home due to family member allergies
You can connect with an animal and enhance your life as well as theirs
You can become an advocate for the shelter and spread the word to encourage more support both with volunteers and donations.
Here are just a few locations to consider volunteering:
SPCA of Luzerne County
Volunteers help with daily animal care, special events, fund raising, and community programs.
Requirements for volunteering at the SPCA:
Volunteers must be able to read, write, and follow simple instructions.
Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, however, children ages 13 and older may work with the animals if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
Any student under 18 who wants to complete community service hours for their senior project must have an adult present at orientation and during all volunteer hours.
To Start, you must attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held on an on-going basis. For a reservation, call: 825-4111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.spcaluzernecounty.org.
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Inc
Indraloka is a haven for animals that would otherwise be euthanized or slaughtered. They help
rescue groups by taking in the animals they cannot place. Indraloka also rescues abandoned or abused farm animals. This is the last stop for many old, injured, and sickly animals, giving them a chance to live out the rest of their lives being cared for. The Sanctuary works to inform the public on how to better care for ourselves and the environment by helping animals in need.
There are several opportunities to help at the shelter:
animal caregiver and feeder
animal foster volunteer
For more information, visit their website: www.indraloka.org
Blue Chip Farms Animal Rescue
BCP is a shelter that does not practice euthanasia. Animals of all types are welcome there. The work hard to educate the public on sapying and neutering and general pet care. They also adopt out their animals to loving homes. For more information on the farm visit: http://www.bcfanimalrefuge.org/
Blue Chip needs volunteers for days or evenings to help in the kitty cottage as well as walking dogs, brushing them, cleaning up after them, etc.
If you would like to volunteer, call (570) 333-5265 and leave a message stating you would like to schedule volunteer time with Theresa. You can also send an email to, email@example.com.
These are just a few to get you started. Take the time to check these out and volunteer. If you are unable to give these shelters your time, why not give a donation to keep these wonderful facilities running?
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