If you have some free time on your hands and would like to do something rewarding to both yourself and our furry friends, any time is the perfect time to look into volunteering at the NCSPCA. From dog-walking to animal socialization, there are lots of ways in which you can help our dogs and cats have a brighter future.
Many animals who arrive at the NCPCA have experienced neglect or abuse - they need considerable amounts of gentle, positive contact and attention in order to recover emotionally from their experiences. This may involve foster parenting by volunteers, or simply spending time with them on a one-on-one basis at the shelter. This contact will not only help the animal become more comfortable with people and trusting, but also increase the chance that he will make a better companion for someone and he will soon find a loving home. If you are efficient and fast on your feet, you may want to consider volunteering to assist the shelter staff in keeping the facilities clean and neat - a never-ending but rewarding job when you receive a head butt from a grateful cat or a happy pup licks your hand. Speak to the shelter staff about other possible volunteer opportunities ... whatever your skills and interests, there is probably something that would be the perfect fit for you.
Our featured pet this week is Bella, a Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix. Bella came to us because her owner could no longer care for her. Unfortunately, she spent much of her time tied outside because no one in the household had the time to spend with her. As a result, although she is a great girl, she is a little "rough around the edges" - she will need some basic training to show you her true potential. Bella is an eager learner, however, who is motivated to become the best dog she can be, and loves attention of any kind. Her dream home would be a family with children who love to play.
Once in awhile, the NCPCA has other animals available for adoption in addition to dogs and cats. Recently, some bunnies came in who are seeking homes. Please don't hesitate to call if you are looking for a furry friend who does not bark or meow - that new best friend may be waiting for you.