How many times have you heard someone say they like animals better than people? Well, as someone that has said that before, I understand. That does not mean you get a pass on volunteering, some might even argue need it more than others. That’s for a different blog, but we can find many historical figures the welfare of animals at least equal to that of humans, and others that taught us to love each other, we MUST love our animal friends.
I have done a little work at the Rohnert Park animal shelter in High School. Im a life-long dog person, and have cared for several cats, rats, gerbils, hamsters, and rabbits too. So why does this matter? As an animal lover, it was emotionally very hard for me to be in an animal shelter, until I focused on the altruistic goal of making life a little better for these animals. By the end of my stint there, I not only felt better for what I had done, but I had a deepened respect for those who do volunteer work with animals.
I have also done much work with Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County. The greatest joy was my feline friend Nick. He was an old boy, that had not been neutered, and probably never saw a veterinarian. We trapped him and the rest of his colony, before their area was bulldozed and cleared for construction. After receiving shots, and veterinary care, the colony was relocated, but Nick came home with me. He lived many more healthy years. By the time he passed away, he was following me like a dog, and allowed every stranger to pet him after the obligatory leg rubs he would perform, no one ever suspecting he was a feral animal before.
Here’s a partial list of links to various Sonoma County animal charities, that want volunteers. Enjoy!
Fawn Rescue (deer rescue)