Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Day in the Life of an Edmond Animal Shelter Volunteer

Pet Wants was founded around the idea of providing better nutrition to pets. Instead of taking the approach that many big brands follow of trying to maximize margins by using cheap ingredients and other cost-cutting measures that also negatively impact quality, we believed we could build a loyal base of customers by making great food that provides pets with the nutrition they need to thrive. This concept has grown from one location in 2010 to numerous Pet Wants locations across the United States, including ours right here in Edmond.

In addition to providing pets with the best possible nutrition, we believe in giving back. That’s why we make it so easy to donate dog food or donate cat food. We’re passionate about the work that Edmond animal shelters are doing, which is why we encourage anyone who can to also donate their time by volunteering. Even if you only have a few hours each week, you can make a very real difference in the lives of animals who need it most.

Since we know many people may not know exactly what to expect as an animal shelter volunteer, we want to share a peek into what this activity is all about:

Giving Back As An Animal Shelter Volunteer

We’re going to take a look at what someone who volunteers once a week at an animal shelter is likely to do. During their three to six hours at the shelter, this individual will help people who come in spend time with animals they may be interested in adopting. The specific title given to this type of work is shelter guide. And the goal of this type of work is to make it easy for people to adopt, as well as ensure the adoption is a good fit. While it’s frustrating when multiple people pass on a specific animal, it’s even worse when someone ends up returning an animal. This is why taking time to ensure the right match is such an important part of the job. 

Keep in mind that most animal shelters need plenty of help, so it’s fairly easy to customize your experience based on your personal preferences. For example, someone who isn’t as comfortable interacting with other people can spend more of their time caring for the animals and facilities. And if you have a professional skill like design, marketing or legal experience, chances are very good that a shelter will be eager to enlist your expertise.

One other issue worth mentioning is many shelters have a rule that prevents volunteers from adopting during their first six months of work. So if you’re interested in adopting a pet now, it may be best to establish the relationship with a shelter by first adopting and then going back in the future to volunteer.

For more information on pets or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Edmond at: 405-397-9690.