Category Archives: Volunteering
Part of my yoga teacher training includes volunteer work. Honestly, I feel kinda bad that it’s had to take something like this in the first place to volunteer but I’m glad that I’m doing (or will be doing) it now. I chose the animal shelter to volunteer at because since I recused my pooch a little over a year ago I’ve been a big advocate for adoption. Over 9,000 dogs and cats are killed EVERY SINGLE DAY in shelters in the United States. I want to help lower that number and find homes for these innocent creatures.
My wonderful husband is accompanying me on this volunteer journey of mine. He loves dogs just as much as I do. In fact, he’s the one that introduced me to dogs and he convinced me to adopt rather than go to a breeder.
This past Saturday we had our volunteer orientation at Best Friends Animal Shelter. The two good things about this place is that 1. it’s no kill and 2. It’s a 5 minute drive from our place. That made it a no brainer. Also it will lessen the temptation to bring a ton of dogs home because we no they’ll live even if we don’t.
Their mission is “No Kill Los Angeles” in which they’re trying their best efforts into making LA a no kill city. They work with trouble animals to help make them more adoptable. They are also one of the only shelters in LA to take in kittens under 8 weeks. Note: at other shelters kittens under 8 weeks are immediately euthanized because they don’t have the resources to take care of them. That just breaks my heart. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS PLEASE!!
Anyway… During the orientation we learned about the duties for the dogs and cats. And also how we can help with mobile adoptions and community outreach. We then signed up for the areas we were interested in. My number one was the kitten nursery – which is basically feeding kittens under 8 weeks with bottles. I think that’s pretty awesome. I will have to take another class to learn the proper techniques of doing this. Unfortunately they only have one class per month and I won’t be able to attend the June class. Looks like I won’t be feeding kittens with bottles until July at the earliest. That’s okay, though. For now I’m trained to walk to “well-behaved” dogs. I’ll try to help with that a few times this month.
If anyone in the LA area that is interested in adopting a cat… For the moth of June all cats are only $9 (as opposed to $50) to adopt at Best Friends Animal Shelter. And they have a bunch of cute ones as well as kittens!