Volunteer Blog Post

Written by Jess, a PWP Volunteer and former staff member

Walking dogs is one of my favorite Pets without Parents volunteer activities. I sometimes take my dogs to the shelter to walk them with some of the dogs there, which is a great socialization opportunity for both my dogs and the adoptables while providing them all with the exercise they need. However, you should only do this if you get permission and are experienced enough to handle any problems that may arise.

On this trip, I walked my dogs first with Tavie (ADOPTED!) and then with her mother, Toya(ADOPTED!). Both of these hound mixes were easygoing and great with my dogs. 

TTavieavie is an amazing happy-go-lucky girl who was glad to walk with us, but also perfectly content to stay put and have a roll in the grass while I stopped to talk to another volunteer. She seemed very calm for her youthful 6 months, though she definitely has that puppy energy!

Her mother Toya is a petite pup with a great personality. She Toyawalked well on the leash and was outgoing and friendly with my dog Beau, but knew to give my other dog, Luna, some space (Luna sometimes gets overexcited around strange dogs). Her good canine social skills will be an asset if she goes to a home with other dogs.

These girls are laid back and incredibly friendly, and I’m sure they will make fantastic pets. Visit the shelter to meet Toya and Tavie, or any of the other available dogs. If you’re not looking for a pet at the moment, register for volunteer orientation and you can help Pets without Parents make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs.

If you would like to write a post about your experience at the shelter, email morganschunn@aol.com.


About petswithoutparents

Pets Without Parents, founded in June of 2001, is a non-profit, no-kill, all-breed shelter for dogs and cats. Our mission is to place every pet that enters our shelter into a loving, permanent home; to motivate our local community to support our shelter, its no-kill mission, and spay-neuter efforts through donation, volunteer, and adoption opportunities...until every pet goes home. We strive to create a community that nurtures and respects companion animals, and to someday see that every pet is loved. In order to create such a community, Pets Without Parents functions as a pet adoption shelter, carefully placing pets into forever homes. Additionally, we do everything in our power to reduce the pet overpopulation. Every pet is spayed or neutered before going to his or her new home. We can only accomplish our mission by educating the community and sharing our beliefs that we are creating a better world for these wonderful animals. In 2010, we found homes for 327 cats and 432 dogs (total of 759 adoptions), many of which came from kill shelters. This is a 15% increase from 2009.
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