Take a “dip” into pet ownership by volunteering at the San Gabriel and Pasadena Shelter

Take a “dip” into pet ownership by volunteering at the San Gabriel and Pasadena Shelter

Although I’ve been a Pasadena dog walker for a while now, my application to volunteer as a dog walker for the San Gabriel Humane Society was just recently accepted.  I went in for my orientation and first walk today.  It was such a rewarding experience.  I walked a total of 4 dogs – big (Pit Bull mix) and small (Chihuahua mix) for about 1 1/2 hours.  Surprisingly, my favorite walk of the day was with the Chihuahua – she was a great walker and was so happy just to get out – someone please adopt her!

My experience today got me thinking – volunteering at a shelter is a great way to find out if you’re fit to be a pet owner.  In addition to dog walkers, the San Gabriel shelter needs Adoption Counselors, Dog/Cat Socializers, Health/Clinic Staff Assistants, Laundry Aides, Groundskeeping/Gardening and Groomers/Bathers.  By volunteering, you get to see the “other side” of being a pet owner – the early mornings, walking, poop scooping, grooming, etc.   To find out more about volunteering at the Pasadena shelter, click here.  For the San Gabriel shelter, the one that I volunteered at, click here.

Tammy Ng – Owner Fetch! Pet Care of NW San Gabriel Valley Fetch! is a national provider of pet sitting services.  Please contact us at sgv@fetchpetcare.com or 626-768-0387.

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