Category: Being a Shelter Volunteer

Why You Should Volunteer at DuPage County Animal Care and Control

Why You Should Volunteer at DuPage County Animal Care and Control
Are you like I was? Do you love animals but hesitate to volunteer at your local shelter because you fear it will either break your heart to pieces or you might, sort of, accidentally end up adopting, oh, I don’t know…maybe every single animal? A bit over two years ago I sat in the parking... Read more »

Shelter Volunteerism as Spiritual Path

Shelter Volunteerism as Spiritual Path
This is part two of what it was like for me to start volunteering at the animal shelter, offered because I know that many people are frightened of entering shelters and facing all that pain and suffering. I was too. Very much so. Here’s part one. Even though I had signed up to volunteer at the... Read more »

The Making of an Animal Shelter Volunteer

The Making of an Animal Shelter Volunteer
I had about had it with everything and everyone when I started volunteering at the animal shelter. For most of my 40’s, I was immersed in a world of caring and caregiving that stretched, molded and reshaped me in ways that left me feeling very much apart from the rest of the world rather than... Read more »
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The Secret to Taking Beautiful Pet Portraits for Yourself or Your Local Animal Rescue

The Secret to Taking Beautiful Pet Portraits for Yourself or Your Local Animal Rescue
I volunteered as a pet photographer for many months at my local shelter and that required me to become part cat whisperer, dog whisperer…even guinea pig whisperer. I honestly didn’t know how it was going to go when I started. After all, it’s not easy to put a shelter cat in a carrier to transport... Read more »

Great Moments in Dog Fostering and Pet Sitting

Nadia is the poster child for why fosters are so important. She would go BANANAS in the kennel so she was going to have a very hard time getting adopted. BUT she was an absolute PERFECT dog away from the shelter. Utterly blew my mind. She was an absolutely ideal guest and smart as a whip. Did tricks, including the most adorable army crawl you've ever seen. I hear she landed in a marvelous home.
I was terrified of becoming a shelter volunteer.  I thought I’d end up crying every day while trying to figure out just how many pets I could manage to adopt. But, I value the cause and the time was right for me to step up to the plate. My own dog had died, leaving me with no pets and a... Read more »

13 Creative Ways to Volunteer for Animal Shelters and Rescues

13 Creative Ways to Volunteer for Animal Shelters and Rescues
When people think of volunteering at rescues and animal shelters, usually two things come to mind: Walking dogs and cuddling cats. But there are SO many other ways to help (some don’t even involve working directly with animals or writing checks, though those are always appreciated!) Here are a few ways you can help, along... Read more »
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My First Pit Bull

I’m one of those people, probably not unlike many of you, who has been around dogs my entire life. I feel an instant attraction whenever I see one. Big and small, I love them all. At least I thought I did. But then I started to volunteer  at a local animal shelter and came face... Read more »