Here at the Pack Sanctuary, volunteers are becoming an increasingly important part of the dogs’ lives. There’s nothing better than to see the dogs’ excitement and the smiles on volunteers’ faces when they meet each other!
Our challenge is to make sure both dogs and humans get the most from the valuable time volunteers donate.
Matching people with activities
Dogs come in many different types – shy and friendly, active and lazy, disabled, young, old, and everything in between. And so do people! That’s why we always find out in advance how many volunteers are coming, their ages, special skills and dog experience.
Less experienced visitors can, with just a bit of coaching, walk many of the dogs. Everyone can socialize with dogs just by spending time with them sitting and talking to them.
Dogs that aren’t that easy to manage luck out when volunteers are experienced dog handlers or have grooming skills to go for walks, bathe, brush or trim nails. Several volunteers have been experienced craftsmen, and a few months ago one built a new quarantine area out of an old shipping container and some fencing!
When larger groups of volunteers come to work, we plan projects such as deep cleaning certain kennel areas, grass cutting or setting up facilities such as tents, so the day ends with a great sense of satisfaction!
Matching people to hosts
All our volunteers have designated hosts, who are assigned from our staff. The hosts match volunteers with the right activities and set up the activities in advance. They have the right language abilities to communicate with and motivate volunteers and are friendly and patient when introducing activities and dogs to visitors. Hosts supervise volunteers’ activities throughout the day and, importantly, ensure their safety.
When a volunteer comes to the sanctuary, the first thing that happens is getting a briefing. Our hosts tell volunteers practicaly things like where to find the toilets and drinking water. Most importantly, volunteers learn how to stay safe: keep a distance from dogs wearing red collars (who have a bite risk), let dogs come to you and don’t approach them, and keep fingers and hands out of the fences. Volunteers also learn how to use equipment such as leashes correctly and safely.
On behalf of the dogs at the Pack, thanks to all our volunteers! Volunteers have enriched dogs’ lives by walking and interacting with them, making their home a more comfortable place and promoting their adoption. For more information on volunteering at the Pack, please contact us through our Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.