||[Sep. 12th, 2009|09:36 am]
i am pretty excited to actually do something that MATTERS- starting today. waiting tables doesn't 'matter.' sales management doesn't 'matter.' in the end, pursuing a master's in cinema to later teach does matter, but that's lightyears away.|
so i don't feel like i've ever done anything that really 'matters.' but volunteering at san francisco's animal care and control matters. a lot.
San Francisco Animal Care and Control is responsible for the city's lost, abandoned, injured, sick, neglected and mistreatedanimals.We receive approximately 14,000 animals every year and rely heavily on volunteers to assure the success of our efforts.Whether you work with the animals, the public or on special projects, you will improve the quality of life for the animals in our shelters and increase their chances for adoption. Volunteers not only brighten the lives of our resident animals, but enrich our lives as well. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
This high-profile volunteer keeps company with our cats who are awaiting adoption, assists adopters in choosing the best new feline companion for their home and family, and shows anxious owner/guardians through our lost and found rooms.
Dog Volunteer **Not available at this time**
This high-energy volunteer provides exercise, leash practice and off-leash playtime to our available dogs. An assortment of interesting and informative dog training and behavior classes are available at no charge to our dog volunteers.
Small Animal Volunteer
This special volunteer works in the serenity of our small animal room, giving visits and veggies to our rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, and whateverother small and exotic animals come our way.S/he introduces adopters to the animals, provides education about the proper care required for these special animals and guides them in choosing the best small companion for their home and family.
Volunteers who enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge are essential to the growth of our volunteer program. Volunteer trainers and mentors provide education and guidance to new volunteers by teaching classes, conducting one-on-one sessions and by pairing up with less experienced volunteers to help them build their confidence and comfort on the job.
Kitten Foster Volunteer
This nurturing volunteer provides home care for kittens needing one-on-one time and attention before they can be placed in our adoption program.
Community Affairs Volunteer
This highly organized volunteer brings excellent oral and written communication skills to the areas of volunteer coordination, event coordinating, media relations and administrative support in our busy Community Affairs office. Whether on-going or on-call, these "take care of business" volunteers can fill a spot in the nick of time.
This rugged and resilient volunteer will work on the front lines with our Animal Control Officers as they respond to animal emergencies and enforce animal welfare laws throughout our city. This program requires that participants first volunteer and accrue hours in an animal handling volunteer position.
uhm, i can't decide on just ONE of those volunteer positions! maybe i'll just stay there like, eighty hours a week and do everything.
the kitten foster volunteer sounds pretty great! and tigre might enjoy having little friends to play with. but i don't think i could handle raising a kitten and then putting it up for adoption. heartbreakinggggg. for me, and for the kittens. since i am the best kittymomma EVER, surrendering a kitty i fostered would just be cruel and unusual punishment. they would be like, 'what the eff? what happened to that crazy lady that spoiled the crap out of me and sang to me and had conversations with me?'