This upcoming spring term I will be volunteering at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR. This is a center for cats and dogs alike to either find homes, get shots, or be rehabilitated after an abusive life style. The Willamette Humane Society is one of the biggest shelters in Oregon. It has been expanded so much that other humane societies around the area that are overpopulated actually send cats and dogs to the Willamette Humane Society.
There is several things the Willamette Humane Society offers to the public including: dog and cat adoption, spay and neutering, other medical services, volunteer opportunities, pet shop, foster care and a downtown thrift shop. What all of these things do for the community is help decrease the amount of wild animals that are increasing the population, it gives so many wonderful animals homes to go to, and allows for the Salem community to grow together.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Humane Society you must first attend an orientation night. They are held on the first Monday of every month as well as the the third Thursday of every month. They are at five o clock in the evening and are free for all. There is also no obligation to volunteer if you just attend.
There are many different positions open for volunteers. The positions are dog walker, dog handler, cat handler, thrift shop specialist, Petco specialist, administrative assistants, veterinary assistants and pet shop attendants. At the orientation the presenter goes into far more death of the positions and what they are looking for. The humane society is looking for a two hours a week for six months commitment if you are interested in volunteering.
By Amanda Summers