I decided a little while ago that I wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter. I went to two no-kill shelters, one bigger and farther away, one closer and smaller.
At the first one (the larger one), I said I was doing shelter tours to decide where to volunteer. I was immediately informed that they were only the “true” no-kill shelter in the city. Confused, I had to ask for some clarification. Because it seems likely that out of all the shelters in my city, more than one should be no-kill. The lady I spoke to said that it means the other shelters put down animals that could otherwise be saved–sick but treatable animals, ‘undesirable’ breeds, or otherwise hard-to-adopt animals.
But the second one’s website also says that it’s no-kill. And when I went to it, there were dogs being treated for heart-worms or kennel cough, elderly animals, and pitbulls and other big breeds I’ve seen labeled ‘undesirable.’ I met a 10-year-old black cat going gray who just wanted to be petted, and was told he and some other cats were moved to these big sun rooms because they’ve been there for more than 30 days. Sounds no-kill to me.
So I don’t know what to think about that. I can’t help but feel that big-shelter is being, perhaps, a little judgmental. Shelters are there to help, and any place that truly cares about the animals and does their absolute best to find all of them homes is a good place in my opinion.
I’m going with the small-shelter, and we’ll see how that goes.
So far, I’ve visited 3 times to socialize (play with) the kitties. I offered to volunteer for dog walking too, assuming they want someone with my meager skills. And maybe I can help at the desk, or at adoption events. Orientation is this Saturday, and I’m looking forward to it.
Where (if anywhere) do you volunteer? What do you most like to do?