August 18th is International Homeless Animals Day. It's the perfect time to volunteer your time and increase awareness of the available pets in the area. Opening your heart to a dog or a cat in need creates bonds with animals who are in desperate need of love and attention. It's also an excellent way to meet other animal lovers and improve your health and overall mood. Consider the following ways volunteering can help seniors find purpose while benefiting animals in need.
For seniors living in the Park Regency Thornton community, volunteering in the area makes it easy to meet and interact with others who share similar interests. It also gives you a greater sense of community when you connect with other volunteers who live close by and those who share a common bond. Volunteering at a shelter allows you to give back to animals who can't help themselves. Not only does this help provide you with an important task, but it can also boost your confidence by providing for homeless animals without asking for anything in return.
If you are a senior who enjoys learning and trying new things, volunteering in a shelter is one way to try out different jobs that fit in with your passion for animals. By learning new tasks, you use your problem-solving skills, which may lead to enhanced cognitive function.
Many of these learned skills open up bigger responsibilities in other shelters or at your local veterinarian. Also, if you're still capable of working part-time hours, a volunteer job may lead to part-time or seasonal employment.
Unwanted animals often have a difficult time finding homes once they end up in the shelter. Many of these animals are picked off the street or abandoned by families, so they shy away from visitors. As a volunteer, you can bring hope to these animals so they appear happier, which may increase their chances of getting adopted.
Unless you're working in the shelter behind a desk, as a volunteer you'll likely perform duties to keep you in shape. Walking the dogs, cleaning cases and even filing paperwork keeps you healthy and active.
Volunteering in an animal shelter is one way to stay active and busy when you are living in the Park Regency assisted living community in Thornton, CO. Plus, if you come across the perfect small pet companion during your work, you may be able to bring it home to your apartment.