f there’s one thing our pets provide more than anything else, it’s unconditional love. And with National Volunteer Week kicking off on April 12, now’s the perfect time to extend that love to others. Getting involved and volunteering with your furry pal is a fun way to spend time together while making a difference in the lives of others. It is also a great way to socialize your pet, helping her to get used to being around other people and animals. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about all the ways you might want to make a difference with your pet.
Charity walks or runs
Get both of your heart rates pumping by partaking in a charity walk or run. Animal-related charities typically allow you to bring your pet with you.
People in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals can benefit from some one-on-one time with your pet, and it doesn’t just have to be your dog or cat. The animals typically have to go through special training and health exams to be approved for visits to various facilities. Furry Friends is a local organization that arranges these visits . They will give you forms to bring to us to fill out. At Princeton Veterinary Clinic we do these special exams for our existing clients at no charge. Habitual visits from animals not only provide much-needed social interactions but also something for a patient to look forward to regularly.
If you think you and your pet have the makings to be a good volunteer team, more power to you! It’s a win-win situation: Your community will benefit greatly as will your relationship with your pet.