How to Make Time for Volunteering With Animals in Need

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
You’d love to help out with your local animal shelter, but you’re just too busy. Hold on – there are lots of ways you can include volunteer work in your balanced life.

Even if you don’t have pets of your own, you can give back to animals in need by volunteering with a local animal rescue organization or shelter. Not only can volunteering your time make an animal’s life better, but it can be incredibly fulfilling and satisfying for you as well. Here are some simple ways you can make time to volunteer during your busy schedule.

Tips for Finding Time to Give Back

We all lead busy and hectic lives but you will find that if something is really important to you that you will find time for it. That’s all it takes to find time to volunteer! You don’t have to spend your entire weekend scooping poop at your local shelter or open your home to a dozen fosters – giving just a fraction of your free time is enough to make a difference. If you are still struggling with this idea, try putting it into perspective.

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How long does a volunteer shift usually last? Most shelters offer shifts lasting 2 or 3 hours. If you weren’t volunteering, how would you be spending that time? Volunteering for 2 hours might mean giving up one of your weekly TV shows or exercising during your lunch break to open up some time after work. It’s all about perspective. Use the free time you have and think about some simple things you can do to open up some additional time for volunteering.

Ways You Can Help Animals in Need

Now that you’ve carved out some time for volunteering, think about how you want to spend that time. If you don’t want to take on a lot of responsibility, volunteering at a local shelter or rescue might be a good option. You simply show up for your shift and do whatever is needed at the time. That may include walking dogs, playing with cats, bottle-feeding kittens, or doing some basic training.

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If you want to take on a little more responsibility, you might consider fostering a cat or dog in your home. Shelters run out of space quickly and some pets need a little extra time and socialization before they are ready to be adopted out.

If you aren’t particularly gifted in working with animals but you still want to do your part to help them, you may be able to volunteer your services to the shelter itself. Some organizations use volunteers to do marketing projects or to complete administrative tasks. You can also do your part to raise money for the shelter by sponsoring a fundraising event or by collecting donations of food, money, and supplies from your community. You can also donate money or supplies yourself.

There are countless animals who enter the shelter system each year, and most shelters simply do not have the time or the resources to give every pet the care they deserve. If you want to do your part to help animals in need, find some time to do a little volunteering. Even an hour a week can make a difference!

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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