Volunteering

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I’d love to do this. I would totally volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter, which I’ve done in the past. There are many rescues where I live. I don’t know which area I’d want to work in, though. Caring for cats? Caring for dogs? Dealing with the public? Haha, no thanks to that last one!

The reason I want to  volunteer is because I miss working with animals (I had volunteered in the past). It’s fulfilling to care for a homeless dog or cat. They don’t have anybody.

It’s been 16 years since I last worked. I loved my job–I taught composition and research paper writing. I loved my students.

I didn’t love some of the hours and the long-a$$ commutes. I didn’t like having to teach at 3 or 4 different schools each term, instead of teaching at just one school. My paychecks were less than my disability checks. I’m totally serious.

Many of you know that it was due to mental illness that I had to stop working. Now, I can’t imagine what it would be like to get up every day and go to work. I’m not sure I could handle it. I could barely handle the partial hospitalization program I was in last year. Plus there’s the fact that I’m afraid to leave my house without my husband.

I do hope that I can work with animals again one day. I love working with them. Plus, volunteering is a step towards employment.


Would you consider volunteering? For what type of organization?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

10 thoughts on “Volunteering

  1. I already volunteer. I have been at my volunteer place for some years. I enjoy what I do, but I would love to volunteer at Cat’s Protection League, or dog walking at a dog charity place, but these are not easy to get to, as a bit of a distance and not easy if it was to snow, or buses not turning up.

    1. I’m glad you’re having a good volunteering experience. Maybe one day an animal shelter will open near you.

      1. There are other cat rescue places nearby. But they are not ones I would support given past experience, if still going. Not reputable like Cats Protection. I doubt with money tight one would be nearer that I would volunteer in, but if there ever was, I would. 🙂

  2. You go for it! I’m going to get some work when we’ve moved. Haven’t worked properly in a while and I think I’ve lost a bit of confidence, but ultimately it will be beneficial. Keep me posted on how you get on! Katie

  3. Barb, you should do it again. I use to volunteer at our Counties animal (no-kill) rescue. I dealt with the older cats and socialized the kittens. It was so rewarding to see when they went to good homes. There was this one cat called Bubba, naturally, he looked like his name. He was such a softy, sweetest cat. I loved him and would have adopted him, but that was when I was still in the transitional house.

    1. I really want to. First I have to work through some issues, like my fear of strangers and the unknown. I will make it a goal to volunteer by September.

      1. Heck, if I could do it I would in a heart beat. I rarely had to deal with the public, which was fine by me. I just redirected them to the people that ran the shelter.
        I think you have a fantastic goal, and the proper amount of time to pysche yourself up for it.

        1. A friend volunteered at the shelter I want to volunteer at. She said if I’m there while the shelter is closed, then I wouldn’t have to deal with the public. I can just take care of cats or dogs.

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