The Humane Society Volunteer Work

The Humane Society Volunteer Work

Alyssa Austin, Reporter

 

On March the 4th after school, I and seven others went to volunteer at the Humane Society. This was a requirement from BETA club. Everyone in the club had to volunteer either at the Greystone Elderly home, the Humane Society, or make a BETA club poster. About thirty people signed up for the Humane Society, however only about eight of us showed up. When we arrived the director had snacks laid out for us to eat and drinks in a cooler for us to drink. While we waited for others to arrive, we were allowed to go back and visit the dogs and cats. My friends and I went back to visit the dogs first. I fell in love with a dog named Daisy Jane who was two years old and the sweetest puppy I’ve ever met. There were two rooms with six cages each with a dog in it. After we spent some time playing with the dogs, we went to go see the cats. They had two separate cat rooms, a kitten room and an older cat room. We went into the kitten room first and played with the six kittens that were in there, one of which only had one eye. Afterwards we went to the older cats room and played with them for awhile. About thirty minutes passed and everyone that was going to show up showed up and had eaten. The director then gave us a tour of the Humane Society and even took us to the back to show us the respiratory cages for sick animals. She then instructed us to organize papers to put into folders, as we were doing this a lady came in crying hysterically, her boyfriend following with a dog in his hands. Me, being the nosey person I am, overheard what was happening. Her dog had been in labor for four hours with no puppies yet. They had taken her to two vets and they said the puppies were stuck in the birth canal and could result in death for the dog and the puppies; however, they refused to help them because they couldn’t afford the surgery. Their last resort was taking the dog to the Humane Society; however, in order for them to be able to sign and pay for the surgery the dog needed she had to give the dog up to the Humane Society. They ended up giving it up to save it’s life.  It was honestly heartbreaking to watch. We all then went to the front and helped the director carry cleaning supplies from the closet to the cat room. All of us then began cleaning, wiping the windows, sweeping the floor, getting cat hair off the cat trees. We all cleaned for about an hour and a half.  It was closing time, so we all said out goodbyes and went home. Volunteering at the Humane Society was such a good experience, however leaving the animals that I connected with during my hours I was there was extremely hard. If I could take every single one of the animals there home, I would. However, since I cannot do that I plan to soon volunteer there again.