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My Experience Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

Kalia Foster, Writer

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The Gulf Coast Humane Society is the largest no-kill shelter for adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. It was founded on January 15, 1945, and has been providing the best care to orphaned animals ever since. I started volunteering last week, and I have been able to help dogs as much as I can.

Volunteers are allowed to take dogs on walks, to hang out with them to make them comfortable, to wash/groom them, etc. The first dog I helped out was Teddy, a chihuahua. I walked him for some time around the building and near their dog park, but on the walk he decided to escape into the back kennels, taking me forever to get him back outside. He was the feistiest out of them all.

The next dog was Chrissy, a terrier. As soon as I got into the
cage, she jumped on me, jaw wide open and ready to bite. I had to defend myself with a yarn toy that we played tug of war with. I am looking forward to play with her again in the future.

The last dog was Tator, a chihuahua who looked like a small potato. He was calmer than the others, because he has heart-worm and a slow jog to go with it. Hopefully he is able to run soon.

This volunteering experience has been
more fun than I expected, helping animals can
go a long way. It is just the little things that can help out the most.