When the summer months come, the numbers of volunteers walking through the door at the Suncoast Humane Society slim down. Unfortunately, the numbers of dogs and cats do not.
If you have any time to spare at all, consider some of the following opportunities:
• GreeterGreet the public, escorting them throughout the adoption areas. Assist customer service by answering questions and meeting the needs of visitors.
• Cat CuddlerHelp to socialize felines in the SHS open adoption cattery. Provide love, attention, petting and basic grooming while they await that permanent home.
• Dog WalkerProvide socialization for adoptable canines awaiting adoption. Walks, leash trains, exercises and gives very basic obedience training, preparing them to become loving companions in their forever homes.
• Laundry AssistantWash, dry and fold towels and blankets donated by the public for the animals’ comfort. Operate a commercial washer and dryer.
• TransporterHelp transport adoptable animals to and from Suncoast Humane Society, as part of the cooperative program with other shelters, to find more animals quality homes.
• Thrift StoresHelp to further the mission of Suncoast Humane Society by generating revenue at their thrift stores. Accept quality items for sale, sort, assist with displaying the merchandise, and/or be a salesperson. All proceeds serve to help the services, programs and animals.
• FundraisingAssist with fundraising projects and events. This may include helping to solicit sponsorships, donations and door prizes. Assist at the fundraising events with setup, staffing and break- down.
• Critter Bank CollectorCollect proceeds from outside bank hosts.
• Outreach and EducationAssist with educational exhibits at community expos or other type events, promoting the programs of the Society.
• Pet Therapy TeamThis free community program has teams of qualified canines and their owners who provide compassionate interaction with residents of hospitals, healthcare facilities, schools and libraries and fulfill special need requests. Qualifying requires extensive training and evaluation.
Foster care options are available as well. Every day SHS receives kittens, puppies, elderly dogs and other special needs animals that need care around the clock. Foster parents can house and care for these animals until they can be returned to SHS and placed for adoption.
SHS will provide foster parents with the animal’s basic needs, such as food, cat litter, veterinary care and medicine. You provide water and shelter, as well as love and attention.
The SHS pet therapy teams currently cover three counties and are dually evaluated under Suncoast Humane Society and the national program, Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society. Each team is re-evaluated every two years in order to insure the high degree of appropriateness expected and is covered under liability insurance by Pet Partners.
Volunteer applications can be found on Suncoast’s website, humane.org. You can also call 474-7884 for more information.
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