This weekend I decided to skip my 4-mile run because I had a better opportunity to fit in my weekly dose of running, by volunteering at the Pets 90210 animal adoption! Every four months Pets 90210 bring dogs and cats from various Los Angles shelters to Roxbury park, where volunteers try to find the animals loving homes. The March adoption event coincides with a larger Woofstock event, in which various volunteer organizations try to create new pet owners, while various pet-related vendors showcase new products to current pet owners.
Yesterday was the 4th Annual Woofstock event that brought together families and individuals from throughout the city to play with, pamper, and parade around their pets. There were over 150 pets up for adoption yesterday and many of them found wonderful new homes. Although not all of the dogs were lucky enough to go home with a caring owner, even those who didn’t get adopted had a blast running around the park and receiving lots of love and attention.
I spent the morning going on long walks and cuddling with Cookie and Itty Bitty. For the past four years I’ve been volunteering with Pets 90210 and it never fails to amaze me how many sweet dogs there are who would be fantastic pets, yet their owners were unable to take care of them. If you want your own fuzzy ball of love check out Pet Finder, to see a full listing of pets near you. Pet finder allows you to browse the animals available in thousands of shelters, so that you can check out the animals available near you without having to schlep from shelter to shelter.
Volunteering with animals is such a rewarding experience whether or not you are a pet owner. A woman who had never owned a dog in her life and was intimidated by the size of the 10-pound dog that she was in charge of yesterday was the first volunteer to find a good home for her dog. This proves that whether or not you have any experience with animals, by giving up a few hours of your time, you can change their lives forever.
Here’s a list of reasons that volunteering with animal shelters is so rewarding:
- Be part of the solution for getting animals off the streets and into loving homes
- Get unconditional love and appreciation from a fuzzy love bug who wants nothing more than to have his or her tummy rubbed
- Connect with others who share your passion for helping animals
- Learn new skills and increase your potential for nurturing
- Get a great work out from going on runs or playing games of tug of war with your furry friends
- Find out if you would be a good pet owner, or even a parent