PET FOOD Strategies For Beginners

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Yesterday, I had a busy and fulfilling day that involved providing free pet food to an animal shelter and petting countless dogs for ffxiv crafting food

I was so tired afterwards, but happy with the progress that I made. There are always places for more help, but what about the people who want to help?

If you’re new to volunteering or donating at your local animal shelter then this post will provide some great tips for how you can be successful within your first month of volunteering.

1. The first month is all about making a good impression.

The most important part of volunteering at an animal shelter is maintaining a positive relationship with the shelter staff.

If you walk in and give them attitude, or complain about everything that the shelter has done for you, then you will quickly be shut out.

All it takes is a few weeks of behaving like this to get yourself blacklisted from doing anything at the shelter. The best thing to do is to be grateful and make yourself as useful as possible from day 1.

2. You must be self-motivated.

Any successful volunteer knows that you can’t expect a shelter to call you and tell you what to do each day.

If the shelter staff get a lot of volunteers coming in and expecting them to give them things to do, then they are not going to be happy.

Shelter staff are often understaffed and overworked so they will give you some basic instructions on what they need to do and trust that you’ll go and do it. If you don’t show up, then don’t expect them to call you again.

3. You have to be flexible with your schedule.

Sometimes, you might have to wait until 10pm to get some work done at the shelter or be asked not to come in early or late because of other commitments. Just enjoy the time that you have in this position.

If you don’t like any of the jobs that they give you, then try and volunteer at a different shelter and see what they are like.

4. You must bring your own supplies.

For some reason, animal shelters don’t always provide volunteers with tools or supplies when they need them.

This means that the small items such as screwdrivers, measuring tape and paint brushes that I used on my first day at the shelter were bought by me and I had no idea where they came from.

If you are going to volunteer in an animal shelter, try to bring a tool-kit that could be used for a variety of tasks and make sure that you know when you will be returning them.

5. You should know some basic pet behavior.

The first two weeks at the shelter were a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me because I had no idea how dogs were supposed to behave with each other or humans. This meant that I picked up numerous dogs who tried to attack me and struggled to get them back into their cage without letting them walk off or pulling their collar too hard.

Not all dogs are friendly with people and if you’re not prepared to learn some basic pet behavior then you could make a lot of mistakes in your first few months of volunteering.

6. You need patience.

If you’re a newcomer to volunteering at an animal shelter and have been working for only a few weeks, then there’s a decent chance that you will have issues with the shelter staff or volunteers.

Don’t get too upset about this because it is almost certain that there are other volunteers at the shelter who have also had problems with staff or volunteers. Just try to stay calm and show them that you’re willing to learn from your mistakes as opposed to taking it out on them.

7. You must be willing to learn.

There are so many different animals at the shelter that can’t be spayed or neutered and this means that they might come into the shelter each day.

You need to try and gain an understanding of what the dogs’ needs might be so that you can focus your time on them. I didn’t spend too much time on them initially because I was too busy trying to learn about other animals in the shelter.

Get advice from other volunteers who have been there for a while or have read some books about pet care, but remember that most animal shelters are only as good as their volunteers so don’t get discouraged if you are not getting through to people right away. It takes time!

8. You can’t ignore other volunteers.

It’s very easy to get upset when you’re volunteering because you are doing so much work while other people seem to be getting on fine without helping out at all.

Remember that all the shelter staff and volunteers rely on each other to keep things going so if you want it to improve, then you have to go to your local animal shelter and do your bit.

9. You need patience with animals.

This might be a rule that will apply even after you’ve spent a few months volunteering with animals. I was petting this cute Husky dog when one of his claws suddenly ripped into my hand and drew a lot of blood. Even though the dog had behaved like this before, it was still a bit shocking and painful to happen to me. Don’t get upset if you’re injured by an animal as they will be more worried by your reaction than they are about hurting you.

10. You must be willing to remember names.

This might not apply to situations like when I was giving out food at the shelter, but when I was meeting dogs and cats in their kennels, then it became very important that I could remember their name.

All of the kennels at my shelter have a tag above them with a name on it so that staff or volunteers can easily identify the animal when they come in for their daily shift or visit with a potential owner.


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