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There’s More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Dogs

There’s More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Dogs

Shelters need your social media savvy and other talents, too.

Most shelters are happy to have volunteers come and give resident dogs attention by playing with them and grooming them. Dogs warehoused in shelters need extra attention and socializing so that they will look good to potential adopters and also will adapt better to life with people once they make it to a loving home. But there’s more to helping shelter dogs than interacting with them directly, and you may have just the talent required. Consider asking a local shelter if it needs help in any of these areas.

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