Why You Should Volunteer

There are many reasons why you should volunteer that can benefit both yourself and the organization you are volunteering at. For us, our list could go on and on as to why we benefit from volunteers and why we love and appreciate all the help we get! First and foremost, the animals in our care receive the love and attention they deserve with more hands we have to help out. Running our facility is a full time job. As much as we’d love to sit and play with the animals all day long, it’s simply not feasible for us. When we have volunteers for the day, we can delegate all duties giving our animals the attention they need while also checking off some daily to-dos.

For the volunteers, their reasons will vary but there’s a common factor and that’s how good they feel about the help they can provide. The Corporation for National and Community Service shared “over the past two decades [they] have also seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones.This research, which is presented by CNCS in a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”

On any given day, our volunteers are:

  • Socializing shy animals by spending time with them
  • Exercising dogs by walking them on our campus or playing in our enclosed outdoor run
  • Cleaning cages, caring for cats and playing matchmaker by introducing cats to adopters at our adoption center
  • Representing the Winchester SPCA at community events to spread the word on how to help the area’s homeless, neglected & abused animals
  • Providing shelter tours to various groups
  • Visiting elementary school children to teach about compassion and humane animal care
  • Assisting our office staff with mailings
  • Bringing home a new foster kitten, cat or dog and providing much-needed care
  • Working at one of our many special fundraising events, such as PawFest or the Tails in My Beer Blast
  • Assisting our thrift shop staff with sorting donations and helping customers

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Why you should volunteer