Spring is the “purrfect” time to volunteer

BDDPhotosBenSpring already has one foot in the door. I, just like many of you, want to get out and start getting active again. However, deciding just what to do can be tough. Having fun while finding some way to support a good cause is a great way to go.

Volunteering around town is a good way to feel connected to the community. If you’re a new college student coming here from another part of the state, country or world, it can be a good way to learn more about where you’ll be spending the next couple years of your life.

Personally, I love animals. Seeing them always puts a smile on my face, so if I have my first pick where I would put in some volunteer time, it would be helping out at an animal shelter. Conveniently for all animal lovers in Menomonie, there is a shelter not far from campus.

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The Dunn County Humane Society is located at 302 Brickyard Road Menomonie WI. This wonderful place just got renovated and is within walking distance to the west of town. They are always looking for volunteers and are a fantastic group of people. They ask that anyone who wants to volunteer takes a class so you know what’s expected of you. The next class they have coming up is March 21. I’m definitely going to be there.

When I visited the shelter, I got to meet one of their amazing cats, and let me tell you, they are beautiful balls of energy. The cat’s name was Lucky and he is extremely excited to see people. When the worker took Lucky out of his cage, he instantly climbed onto the worker’s shoulders and made himself at home. I could tell this was a normal occurrence. While Lucky was perched upon his shoulders, the worker began to tell me the story of how Lucky came to the shelter.

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Lucky was not quite a year old when they got him. He had been hurt in the face (probably from a cat-fight) and his mouth was really banged up. He was rushed to the veterinarian for surgery. They removed his bottom teeth and stitched his wounds up without any problems. Fortunately, Lucky has recovered phenomenally. Even though he has had a hard life up to arriving at the shelter, he is still positive and looking for his new home.

The Animal shelter currently has 80 cats and 12 dogs. They need as many volunteers as they can get to socialize with the cats and take the dogs for walks. They even have cool separate rooms now, where you can spend one-on-one time with the cat you’re brushing and petting.

photo5.jpgThe animal shelter will allow a volunteer to be there for up to 2 hours a day, they do not have you sign up for any schedules — you go whenever you can. I can tell from the conversations I had with them they highly value their volunteers. Volunteering is supposed to be about selflessly giving back, but when you feel so appreciated for what you are doing while getting to spend time with such wonderful animals, I can’t see any reason not to help them out.

See you at the shelter, Stout!

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