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Questions About Volunteering At A Dog Shelter?

Postby Deylin » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:16 am

I am thirteen and plan to volunteer at an animal shelter. My step dad is friends with he founder of the shelter so he plans to bring me there to volunteer. Can someone please answer the following questions:

1.) What kinds of animals do they have at animal shelters, I understand it may vary with he different shelters but what kinds have you seen?

2.) What kinds of jobs are there at the shelter for a volunteer?

Thank you!
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Postby Severn » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:41 am

1 mainly dogs and cats or exotic pets

2 mainly carers for unwanted pets, who need T.L.C

good luck
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Postby Yuuto » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:23 pm

It depends on what the particular shelter decided to specialize in, most city funded humane societies focus on cats and dogs but generally accept small house pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, and birds as well.
Some of these also have sections purely for the care of wildlife, but those generally require their volunteers to be older due to different insurance policies and permits. Private rescues may take primarily cats or dogs as well, but many choose to specialize in other species: birds, small animals, livestock, reptiles, exotics, etc.

As for the types of jobs they offer, its primarily animal care - especially for someone your age. Other positions would include behavior testing, training, adoption counseling, and secretarial work/interacting with the public. Animal care will likely consist of cage cleaning, feeding, dog walking, and possibly enrichment with cats or other residents depending on the particular shelter.
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Postby Pueblo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:00 am

Normally local animals shelters have mainly dogs and cats, occasionally you might get the random other animal like a rabbit or ferret or small bird. I suppose if you live in a very rural area, the types of animals might be more varied to include small livestock, if that shelter had proper facilities for them. In terms of what type of jobs there are for volunteers, feeding animals, walking dogs, cleaning cages. Although, being so young, I wouldn't be so sure that you can do everything. I know that my local shelter does not let anyone under the age of 18 interact with the dogs for liability reasons. If you are under 18 you can only volunteer with the cats and kittens. I do not know if this is true for other shelters as I have only volunteered at my local one, and private rescues.
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Postby Rayhurn » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:56 pm

I dont think it is legal to volunteer at animal shelter because i tried and they said we cant let you help out due to insurance reasons ? I am 13 years old aswell and live in the UK so it might be a different law in other countries?

At animal shelters i have seen mainly dogs, cats and rabbits.

You would probably have to muck out and walk the dogs or something like that!

Hope it helps
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Postby Aryoch » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:30 am

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Postby roano84 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:16 pm

I'm 14 and going to work at an animal shelter soon, I'm actually going to the interview today :).

At this certain animal shelter they have dogs, cats, horses, chinchillas and mice. But I suppose it varies with different shelters

And the kind of jobs you can do there is take the dogs for walks around the field in the back, play with them there, clean out and sort out their pens. But because I'm under 16 I have to work with cats and the type of jobs will probably be playing with them and cleaning and sorting out their pens.. like filling food and water bowls and that :)

Don't expect to go straight to walking dogs and playing with them because they might not allow you due to health and safety and will probably start you off with smaller animals. Good luck!
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