Thursday, February 27, 2014

Volunteering In The Community


I have waited until now for Grace to reach a suitable age to volunteer in the community.  There have been other endeavors of volunteering over the years but those have always been with groups. This will be her first try at a volunteer gig that is mostly on her own. For liability reasons I do have to be on the premises until she turns 16. Recently Grace voiced her desire to volunteer at our local animal shelter. Our county is vast but the animals shelter is very small. They are always in need of volunteers. Today was day one. We hope to continue volunteering one day a week. Today we walked and socialized 24 dogs that are awaiting adoption, their forever home. It was truly exhausting and sad. So many unwanted animals. Next week we plan on working in the cat room as well as walking some of the dogs. It took almost three hours to walk all 24 of them and unfortunately I don't know if we can spend that much time at the shelter each week.


3 comments:

Homeschool Mom said...

This is great, but surely hard for a tender heart. Almost all of our animals are from shelters, including our beloved "Ginger" you see on the posts. This might be a possible career direction for Grace . . .

Jessica said...

For me, part of volunteering has been learning to set boundaries because there is always more that can be done and it breaks your heart to have to say no to any of it. It is a good life lesson and one I never really learned until an adult. Enjoy this experience. My girls would love it!

Karen said...

This is something Keilee would adore. You have to be 16 here too but the problem is I have a horribly sensitive nose and can hardly bear the smell at animal shelters. I hate it but I don't know what to do about it!