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i might become an SPCA volunteer

post #1 of 13
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i just called my local SPCA ion to see if i can get into the next volunteer orientation class....ive always wanted to do something like this
post #2 of 13
congrats!!! I hope you stick with it!

I start my petsmart thing this saturday... il let you know how it turns out.

hope you enjoy it!!!
post #3 of 13
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i just called my local SPCA ion to see if i can get into the next volunteer orientation class....ive always wanted to do something like this
Congratulations on your descision. And good luck.
post #4 of 13
I'm also waiting for the call for the next orientation class for the local spca here in Fredericksburg. As a certified dog trainer, I really want to help the dogs find their forever homes. I know how hard it is to adopt out the big boys when they jump and pull on people. It only takes a few minutes of kind training to teach them otherwise.

hugs
Mary
post #5 of 13
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i really want to figure out a way to save the animals that are ready to be euthanized at the shelter i will be working at, i have a few ideas in my head about this, but if anyone else has any id love to hear them!
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i really want to figure out a way to save the animals that are ready to be euthanized at the shelter..., i have a few ideas in my head about this, but if anyone else has any id love to hear them!

This is worth an own thread I think.

Good luck both with your voluntary work
and also the new coming thread!
post #7 of 13
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well i did my 1st volunteer day on monday from 8am-11am, doing cat room assistance. They keep their areas really clean.

!st we went around and gave all them wet food, then when they were done we starte cleaning each tank type unit they were in. We had to spray it down with bleach and wipe all their areas, put a fresh towel back in for them to lay on, change their litter, and refill their crunchies and give them fresh water and play with them for a bit and move onto the next. The smell of bleach was overwelming i had to step out for air a few times, and it was pretty hard work!
alot of reaching, bending, wiping walls, and then last you have to sweep the floors and mop and dry the floor. So they really do keep it spotless and i was suprised most of the areas were very clean, they must really keep up on them. Im such a weakling, i was completly wiped afterwards, and then had to take a shower and go to work and still smelled like bleach lol. But all in all it was worth it, and im definetly going to go at least once a week.
post #8 of 13
Thanks for keeping us posted on your progress! I picked up an app from our local animal shelter here to do some volunteering too Unfortunately it is NOT a no-kill shelter

For the bleach, I'd recommend wearing a face mask when you clean the cages. It seems to help make it not so overpowering. If you can get some latex gloves that will keep the smell of it off your hands too.
post #9 of 13
What wonderful work they and you are doing.

I personally have left a % of my estate to the SPCA. I believe they do such good work, with so little reward. I wish there was more ways to raise money for them.

I got my cat from the SPCA. Gosh you have me thinking too, maybe I should volunteer. Or something.

you are an angel
post #10 of 13
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i really want to figure out a way to save the animals that are ready to be euthanized at the shelter i will be working at, i have a few ideas in my head about this, but if anyone else has any id love to hear them!
I know in the uk they put out adverts, you know like "Hello I am a black kitty with golden eyes and a lovely nature and I would love a good home" that type of thing. I do believe the RSPCA has a number of different mehods they try and only when all are finished do they go ahead (if at all, I seem to recall that they more often save an animal than put them down.)

Perhaps contact them direct?

Maybe some pet food would sponsor a tv ad? you never know. Featuring pets during that advert. That way they look like they are doing community work, can sell their product and the animlas get airtime (all of them).

please keep us posted
post #11 of 13
Congrats on volunteering, am sure the animals will really appreciate it. i dont know what resources your rescue has for advertising, we have a website, and i do posters for vets, petshops etc
post #12 of 13
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oh they do all sorts of volunteering, they put weekly pics in the newspapers with their names and it will say something cute, they put them on petfinder, we also have events that u can pick an animal and take it their wearing a little adopt me bandana and walk around and try to adopt the pet out. they do it at different events but i think they do it like 1x per month at petsmart.

they really do take care of the animals, their living quarters are kept spotless.
post #13 of 13
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the other thing our spca does is take the animals to a nursing home on certain days for the people, i think that is wonderful and def want to volunteer for one of those days.
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