[nagdu] Volunteering at the animal shelter.
carcione at access.net
Thu Aug 13 13:59:20 UTC 2015
Hi Rox. Good for you! A friend and I, separately, both tried to volunteer
at NYC animal shelters, and were told we were too much of an insurance risk.
The woman who turned me down hastened to add that they weren't
discriminating; they accepted mentally-challenged 12-year-olds. So clearly,
a mentally-challenged child is more trustworthy than a blind person with
many years experience working with dogs. It's good to hear that people in
other cities aren't so narrow-minded. And it's depressing to be told over
and over that, despite my many skills and talents, a blind person has
nothing to offer a volunteer organization, at least not around here.
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of The Pawpower Pack
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Subject: Re: [nagdu] Volunteering at the animal shelter.
yes, I have worked at several shelters. I always took my dog with me. I
left her in one of the offices when walking and socializing dogs. During
adoption events, she was wath me, along side the dogs I was fostering.
There was never a problem.
Rox and the kitchen Bitches:
Mill'E, Laveau, Soleil
Pawpower4me at gmail.com
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> On Aug 13, 2015, at 8:22 AM, Deanna Lewis via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
> I used to volunteer at the local animal shelter, and I would like to start
volunteering again. I'm also looking into working at a veterinary clinic. My
main duty at the shelter are to socialize the dogs and cats. Some of the
duties include: taking the dogs on walks, playing with them, doing obedience
with them, getting them used to walking calmly on a leash, etc. In the past,
I did not take my guide dog with me. I rode Para-transit to the shelter,
since it was harder to get to from my old house. But, now I live closer to
the shelter and can easily ride the bus there, and walk about 5 short
> I am debating on whether to take Mambo with me to the shelter. It would be
nice to have him guide me on the route to and from the shelter, but I also
don't want him to get any diseases that the stray dogs may be carrying.
Also, I don't think it would be a good idea to have him around, as I
interact with the unfamiliar dogs. I am thinking that the best place for him
to stay at the shelter is in one of the administrative offices or at the
front desk. We walked to the shelter yesterday and Mambo did very well with
the dog distractions, pretty much ignoring them completely.
> Have any of you volunteered at a shelter or vet clinic? Did you choose to
take your dog with you? Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
> Deanna and Mambo
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