Combine your love for animals and volunteering
We’re all familiar with volunteer opportunities to help our fellow man, but do-gooders with a love for snakes, snails, and puppy dog tails shouldn’t stop there! Numerous volunteer opportunities for seniors exist to share their time for a different purpose: the benefit of the animals we look to for companionship. If you enjoy spending time with our furry and feathered friends, here are some great volunteer opportunities for seniors and pets.
Volunteer at a local animal shelter
Numerous pet shelters in your local area depend on a strong presence of volunteers to keep the shelters operational. If you are in need of some unconditional love, local ASPCA shelters are always in need of volunteers to socialize with the animals. Perhaps you are looking for a way to combine your career experience with a love for animals; volunteering your time to help write a newsletter for the shelter or help balance the books are all fantastic ways to share your time.
Foster a homeless pet
If you do not have the time or resources to adopt a pet of your own full-time, you may want to consider fostering a homeless pet. Organizations like the Denver Dumb Friends League have programs designed for those wishing to foster a pet in the process of adoption. With food, litter, bedding, and toys provided for by the Denver Dumb Friends League, the only thing you need to worry about is showering your foster pet with attention and affection. Fostering a homeless pet is a great way for seniors and pets to spend time together without making a long-term commitment.
Sponsor a pet food drive
Your local Holiday Retirement community is a great place to host a pet food drive for the pets and animal shelters in your community. Collecting donated pet food by setting up a collection box at your local independent senior living community not only benefits hungry pets, but also allows for residents to interact with other members of the community. For more resources and tips for hosting pet food drives in your community, look to organizations like the Best Friends Animal Society. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for seniors.
Benefiting both seniors and pets
Owning a pet full-time may not be right for all Holiday Retirement residents and animal lovers. However, you can still spend time with and care for animals in your community. By volunteering at a local shelter, fostering a pet, or sponsoring a food drive, not only are you looking after the well-being of the animals, you are looking after yours as well. Studies have shown the physical, mental, and emotional benefits to caring for pets are abundant.
So while you may not be prepared or willing to adopt a pet for yourself, you can volunteer your time in numerous ways to ensure a deserving pet finds a loving home with a member of your community.
Holiday Retirement offers numerous programs and volunteer opportunities for senior residents to get involved in their local communities. Contact Holiday Retirement to learn more about these and other exciting programs and to find a location near you.