You love animals; they’ve given you so much, and now you want to give back. Or maybe you aren’t able to keep a pet at home and just want to spend time around animals. Whatever the reason, animal shelters and rescue centres are ALWAYS in need of help. Before pitching up at your local shelter and demanding to walk the dogs, find out the shelter’s needs. They might not need dog walkers, but are in desperate need of food. See where you would be needed most, and where your skill-set would be most beneficial. Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
If you have time on your side:
Qualified vet, or studying to become one?
Help with the sick animals that are brought in regularly.
The dogs that are brought in are often scared, overwhelmed and mistreated, and as a result, display behavioural problems. Your skills would be greatly appreciated before they are put up for adoption.
Do you have other skills?
Are you a carpenter, builder, accounting whizz, lawyer etc? Offer your services!
Foster an animal
Plenty of animals need fostering before they find their permanent home. Often there is no space at the rescue centre or an animal requires certain care that only fostering can provide. That could be your chance to make a difference!
Be warned however, volunteering at a rescue centre can be hard work (both physically and emotionally). So be prepared before signing up. But know that you will be rewarded ten-fold!
Some of the Animal Shelters and Rescue Centres in South Africa:
SPCA – Various websites, depending on where you are in South Africa
DARG – Domestic Animal Rescue Group http://darg.org.za/
African Tails http://www.africantails.co.za/
Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre http://www.wetnose.org.za/
Ark Animal Centre http://www.arkanimalcentre.co.za/
Dogtown SA http://barkingmad.co.za/