Paws and Claws: Volunteers Give Time and Love to Homeless Pets

Hey guys!
I hope that your Christmas plans are underway, as ours at the shelter are! Just to give you an update, the shelter will be closed from Friday, December 23 to Monday, December 26. It will reopen on Tuesday, December 26.
In light of the holiday season I have decided to write about something of the “giving” nature this week.

This is cricket doing what she does best! - Photo courtesy Clarke County Animal Shelter

At the shelter we host many young volunteers, who are constantly giving the gift of “love” to the homeless animals at the shelter. And for those of you who have adopted from us, you know that the gift of love is more than any of our dogs and cats could ever ask for.
So, I have asked two of our volunteers to write me a few words about their experience.
My name is Emma and I am in the 7th grade, and have been volunteering at the Clarke County Animal Shelter since the summer of 2010. I started working at the shelter because of my cat. His name was Shadow and he had gone missing. We called in to the shelter to see if he had come in, but they hadn’t seen him. A few days later we found him in the sewer tunnels by our house. Unfortunately, he was very sick and did not make it. Because he didn’t make it, I thought about how I could help the animals who had been abandoned or lost, and never found their way home. Late in the summer, I raised money for the animal shelter by holding lemonade stands. Every Saturday since then I have volunteered at the shelter. I help feed the animals, help the staff bathe the animals, play with them, and of course give them lots of extra love. I enjoy coming to the shelter so much, and seeing the animals come in and find homes. Volunteering at the shelter has definitely changed my life.
Here is another story written by another of our young volunteers.
Hi, my name is Cynthia. I am in the 5th grade, and volunteer at the Clarke County Animal Shelter. I have loved working at the animal shelter. I have met a lot of animals including cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and much, much more. When I am at the shelter these are the things I usually do. I help clean dog dishes, and assist the staff in cleaning cages. I will vaccum and mop some of the rooms too. I will do everything that the staff asks me to do. In the cats, I sometimes clean the rooms, and cages. I always give love to animals. I have met a lot of nice people while volunteering at the shelter. I met a woman named Tiffany who also volunteered at the shelter. She was very nice. I think that more people should adopt more animals, and help save a life.
As you can see, these two young girls have clearly enjoyed their experience at the shelter. We do accept young volunteers at the shelter, but please keep in mind that is based case by case. Stay tuned next week. I will be featuring more stories from our volunteers!
And as always, I hope that each and every one of you reading this, and your family and friends have a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Praise to these two girls. Thank you for your compassion and kindness, in helping those who so often cannot help themselves. We need more young people like you willing to give the way you do.

  2. Yes, thank you both, and all others who give their time in this way. You do make a difference.