Dallas might not be getting as cold as Chicago or New York, but it's still getting chillier. Unfortunately, that means that plenty of stray animals in the streets will be much colder and looking for a loving home to warm their bodies and hearts.
Winter is when animal shelters need all the help they can get. If the shelters are full and the workers have their hands full walking dogs and brushing cats, there's not much they can do to bring in more animals. This is where volunteers come in.
As a volunteer, your extra help allows the employees to focus on growing their programs and giving better, more specific care to more animals. It's like having someone do your laundry so you can focus on the monthly budget or your upcoming interview. Volunteers take on menial tasks, such as walking dogs, feeding the animals and cleaning pens so that more important work can be done.
How great is it, though, that "menial tasks" means "playing with puppies and cats, giving them some much-needed love and care?" There aren't any downsides to volunteering with animals, especially when you can see the benefits immediately.
In a previous post about animal shelters in Denver, we saw how the benefits of volunteering with animals not only helps the animals, but it helps you and the community around you.
Volunteering at animal shelters helps the shelters advertise their places in the community. If your friends and family see you having fun and offering a hand at a shelter, they are much more likely to trust that organization, since you essentially vouched for its legitimacy.
Animals in shelters always need to be exercised well. For dogs, this means they need to be walked and played with, otherwise they can develop a type of depression called kennel stress. Cats don’t always need a lot of physical exercise, but they do need to be stimulated and have a chance to explore and climb. Having a bit of one-on-one time with people makes a huge difference to shelter animals’ emotional and physical well-being.
If you live in Dallas and you're itching to help shelter save animals’ lives, check out these great locations in Dallas where you can lend a helping hand this winter.
Animal Shelters in Dallas
2719 Manor Way
2400 Lone Star Drive
1818 N. Westmoreland Road
4830 Village Fair Drive
2222 W. Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie, Texas
5500 Greenville Ave.
10101 E Northwest Highway
4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas
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Fiona is looking stunning and warm in her cold weather cap! While she’s comfortable and maybe a bit spoiled, she’s going to be more content with a home to call her own! ⠀ ⠀ Warm up your heart and home with Fiona or any of our heartwarming pets waiting for a human like you!⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/36m29gY
821 Coppell Road, Coppell, Texas
4720 E Lake Highlands Drive, The Colony, Texas
3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, Texas
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➡️ Swipe for a happy story! ❤️ Two months ago, Honey came to Operation Kindness 🍯 She was covered in wounds (and even older scars, as you can see on her belly), and whatever attacked her before she found us nearly took her legs. Through months of surgery and treatment in our hospital, we came to love Honey deeply. No matter how much pain she was in, she never stopped wagging her tail. Her sweet spirit has brought us joy, and it has also made us question how she could have been treated with such cruelty. Now Honey is fully healed, and she is looking for a home. It has been a bittersweet day as our medical team has bid “adieu” to Honey as she heads to the adoption floor! We can’t wait to see what lucky person will adopt her and provide her with a lifetime of protection and love. 🥰 #adoptdontshop #operationkindness #honeythepit #pitbulllove #survivor
1330 Columbia Drive, Richardson, Texas
1605 Mark Tree Lane, Little Elm, Texas
8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, Texas
1484 Preston Road
You don't have to spend all day every day at an animal shelter to make a difference. Every shelter has different needs, but all of them do need help. If there's an animal shelter near you in Dallas, give them a call or a visit and see how you can help.
Feature photo courtesy Pexels/Svetozar Milashevich