The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
We house pets for families that stay in our shelter and pets that belong to owners in other homeless shelters in Cincinnati. Owners that are staying in other shelters are sometimes available to come in to take care of their animal, but not on a regular schedule due to lack of transportation, and working on their case plan. We are able to house 4 dogs and up to 6 cats and one smaller animal such as a turtle or lizard. We are in need of volunteers to come in and help the pet program coordinator take care of these animals while their families are working to achieve self-sufficiency and move into housing. The amount of animals we have differs from week to week. Responsibilities would include:
- Refilling food and water bowls for all animals
- Cleaning litter boxes and outdoor dog area
- Spending time/playing with animals for exercise and social well-being
- Communicating with the Pet Coordinator about any problems or issues
Shifts would be 1-2 hours on any day of the week. Volunteers will be instrumental in the expansion of our program to serve more pets than in the past.