In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to recognize all of our incredible volunteers, who work tirelessly on behalf of the homeless pets and horses at our shelters every day. We couldn’t do our lifesaving work without the help of more than 1,300 compassionate volunteers who are involved in every aspect of our organization.
Our volunteers make a life-changing difference for the cats, dogs, small pets and equines at the Dumb Friends League. Some provide foster care in their homes for animals too young for adoption or in need of socialization or recuperation. At our shelters, volunteers work in operations as kennel technician assistants, pet grooming specialists, adoption information assistants and adoption counselor assistants, as well as in humane education, development, communications and administration. They also help with socialization and behavior training of cats and dogs. At our equine center, volunteers work as barn attendants, mucking stalls and grooming horses. And our major events wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that help make them happen.
Our volunteer program started in 1981 with 15 volunteers, and within 18 months, it had grown to nearly 150 volunteers. Today, more than 1,300 individuals of all ages volunteer at the League. In 2014, we launched the Xtreme Team to provide special recognition to the 215 volunteers that have donated more than 1,000 hours of their time to the League and the animals in our care.
Thank you, volunteers, on behalf of everyone at the Dumb Friends League. We couldn’t do it without you!
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