If you live in the Seattle area and are interested in volunteering at the Seattle Animal Shelter, the next volunteer orientation is on Saturday, July 28 at 12pm. The orientation will be held in the gym in the Student Activity Center building at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway. It will last 90 minutes.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend an orientation meeting. Shelter volunteers work at least eight hours per month on an annual basis.
â€œVolunteers are vital to the success of this shelter,â€ says Shelter Director Don Jordan. â€œWe have more than 600 volunteers and 350 foster parents, who collectively donate more than 100,000 hours of service. With their help, we are reversing a trend and saving more lives. Last year we had more than twice as many adoptions as euthanasias â€“ more than 2,800 adoptions and 1,100 euthanasias. Weâ€™re constantly striving to reduce the number of animals euthanized.â€
To help increase the number of adoptions, volunteers provide a variety of services, including: a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats; off-site dog walking; an anti-cruelty program; â€œfabulous felinesâ€ adoptathons; an annual â€œFurry5Kâ€ fun run fund-raiser; a â€œGet Fit With Fidoâ€ running program; marketing/fund-raising; special events planning and development; and pet therapy.
For more information regarding the volunteer orientation, call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206)386-PETS (7387).