If you're an animal lover, and you're interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with the Seattle Animal Shelter, be sure to attend the next shelter's next volunteer orientation, set for noon Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Seattle Central Community College Gym, 1701 Broadway Ave. Limited parking is available in the North Plaza parking lot, north of the main campus building.
The orientation begins promptly at noon and will last 90 minutes. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and must attend the orientation meeting. Shelter volunteers work at least eight hours per month.
"Volunteers are vital to the success of this shelter," said shelter Director Don Jordan. "Last year, 600 volunteers and foster parents collectively donated more than 70,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 35 full-time employees. With their help, approximately 2,700 animals were adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter, but about 1,300 had to be euthanized. Were constantly striving to reduce the numbers of animals euthanized."
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, "Fabulous Felines" adopt-a-thons, an annual "Furry5K" fun run fund-raiser, a "Get Fit with Fido" running program, special events and pet therapy.
Foster-care volunteers are especially needed. For more information, call the Seattle Animal Shelter, 206-386-PETS, or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.