A Job in an Animal Shelter

August 28, 2013

Have you considered working or even volunteering at an animal shelter? You can expect it to be one of the most trying and toughest jobs you will ever fall in love with. In many areas you will find an abundance of lost or abandoned animals. Not every story will end happily either. Still, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your part to make the lives of some of these animals better.

Your day might begin your day by cleaning out kennels, giving some animals baths, or making sure all of the four-legged tenants have food and water. Imagine how much care that one or two household pets require and multiply that by dozens of animals. Of course, while you are performing these tasks, expect to be greeted by lots of happy and expectant faces because most of these furry guys know that you care about them.

On some days, your heart may be uplifted because one of your favorites gets adopted by a nice family. Even though this particular cat or dog greeted you every morning, you might be forgotten quickly as he joyfully romps off with his new family. Fluffy or Fido might not remember you long, but you will surely always remember him.

Also be prepared for some grief as some ill animals have to be euthanized. This is just part of the reality of many animal shelters because they do not have the money or manpower to take care of pets that need a lot of care and will probably never be adopted. It is important for you to think about how you will handle that event before it happens.

Working for pay or volunteering at an animal shelter is tough work, but it is also very rewarding. If you really care about animals, it may be the best job that you ever had.

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