Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

Hello people! Today I will be discussing my time at the animal shelter, and why you should also help out at your local shelter. I have been volunteering at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource center for around a year now. You can sign up to volunteer online here. When you volunteer at the shelter there is a series of classes you must take in order to learn about the shelter and how to handle the animals. These classes are free and take about 1-2 hours each. The shelter also provides you with a free shirt that you must wear when on duty. You must also shadow a volunteer for 4 hours in order to work on your own in a specific area. After all of the training is done you can work anywhere in the shelter, and you can pick your own hours that you want to work. The shelter is always in need of more volunteers. Some of the jobs you can pick from are:

🐾 Cat Adoption Team (taking cats out of their pens to meet with potential adopters)

🐾 Dog Adoption Team (taking dogs out of their pens to meet with potential adopters)

🐾 Taking Pictures of New Animals (new animals that arrive at the shelter need a photo for the website)

🐾 Vet Services (giving animals medicated baths, cleaning surgical instruments, being a vet assistant)

🐾 Play Group (watching over the dogs in a fenced in area while they play with each other)

🐾 Information Desk ( being the smiling face of the shelter, answering questions, giving out information, and checking people into the shelter)

If any of these interest you I highly suggest you volunteer in your free time because the animals need help. They need to be played with and loved on, and they also need their cages cleaned. The shelter has such an inviting atmosphere and everyone there is so nice and sweet and helpful. The shelter also goes to events such as Petsmart every Saturday in order to try and get some animals adopted. The need people to help watch the animals while they are at Petsmart, and they occasionally need drivers. Getting an animal adopted is the best feeling in the world. You feel so full of happiness because you know they will begin a new and exciting life, and they will be out of that cage. There are so many benefits to volunteering at the shelter. You get to meet new people, be around animals and make them happy, watching animals go to a new home, and being involved in your community. The Pet Resource Center also has a wish list found here . The shelter needs things such as:

🐾 Clean towels of all sizes (new or gently used)

🐾 Quick-snap dog collars (medium, large, X-large)

🐾 Peanut butter, honey, broth

🐾 Unscented baby wipes

🐾 Kong brand toys

🐾 Dog harnesses (medium, large, X-large)

🐾 Dry and canned food for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens

🐾 Milk Bones brand treats (no butcher bones, rawhides or homemade treats)

Please check out the wish list and donate if you can. It is greatly appreciated and much needed. This is still a great way to help out your shelter and community if you can’t find the time to volunteer.

P.S the shelter I volunteer at is located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.



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