By Deana Case, Freelance writer, canine behavior specialist, and animal advocate.
The need for volunteers in the animal welfare industry has grown exponentially in recent years. Progressive animal shelters do their best to create as many live release options as possible for the animals in their care. Typically, homeless pets are not euthanized based on the length of time they've spent in the shelter or the amount of space available within the shelter. Volunteers play a critical role within these organizations in the effort to save the lives of homeless pets.
Because domestic pets need care beyond housing, food and veterinary services, volunteers are needed to provide a wide variety of support for the animals staying in a shelter situation. The people who give their time to these organizations are literally saving lives. Each moment a volunteer spends in a shelter is a life-giving heartbeat to the animals there. Without the love and dedication of these generous people, progressive shelters could not achieve their mission of more pets finding their way into loving homes.
Volunteers are needed by these animal welfare agencies to fill almost any role imaginable. Dog walkers, cat cuddlers, foster homes, kennel and cattery help and people with the skills to care for smaller and exotic pets are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available at most animal shelters. Many shelters need help in the areas of veterinary clinic assistance, behavioral rehabilitation, marketing and events, fundraising, general cleaning and office help, transportation and many other activities that support the physical and mental health of the animals and keep the organization running efficiently and smoothly.
Those interested in volunteering their time at a local animal shelter have many options to choose from and may volunteer on a regular basis or to fill occasional or one-time needs. Groups and clubs may wish to do a special project for a shelter.
All help and assistance is greatly appreciated by the animal welfare agencies. There are no words for the gratitude that the animals feel for the people who provide them with affection, exercise and support to help them get through the difficult experience of being a homeless pet.
Albuquerque has 3 major Animal Welfare agencies They rely on their volunteer programs to help them keep our homeless pet population as happy and healthy as possible. The shelters belong to the community and the more the community participates, the more animals find their way into homes that will give them the love and care they deserve.
The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has two main shelter locations and two satellite adoption locations. The Eastside shelter is located at 8920 Lomas Boulevard NE, the Westside shelter is located at 11800 Sunset Gardens. You may apply directly at https://www.cabq.gov/pets/our-department/volunteer-donate. Or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505 205 0306.
Bernalillo County Animal Care Services has upcoming volunteer opportunities in their new facility at 3001 Second St. SW. To get the latest information about volunteering with them, call 468-PETS.
Animal Humane New Mexico is located at 615 Virginia St. SE in Albuquerque. For more information regarding becoming a volunteer, you may visit their website at www.animalhumanenm.org or email email@example.com.