February 22 is National Walk the Dog Day! What better way to combine two of the most happy-making things we have in life: dogs and exercise. In fact, a group of ORHS volunteers meets every morning at the shelter at 8:30 am to walk the dogs that are in our care! Besides giving the dogs exercise and socialization, we teach leash etiquette and basic commands, making the dogs even more adoptable! Want to join this group of happy dog lovers? Contact us for more information.
A kid enters ORHS cat room, cozies up in a cushioned corner with the book of his/her choice, and begins to read aloud. Before long some cats cuddle up to the kid while others linger nearby, ears perked.
What's Happening In This Scenario:
The cats are learning social skills that will help them get adopted; the child is learning to care about animals; ORHS is strengthening relationships in the community.
Introducing the Rescue Readers Program
This program is designed to help our younger supporters give back to the animals in our community while developing their reading skills and their sense of compassion. It also promotes animal-savvy behavior, and helps our cats get positive, calm time with children
This program is open to children ages 6-12 who wish to practice their reading skills by reading out loud to cats at our adoption center. Cats provide a non-judgmental and enthusiastic audience as they are soothed by the rhythmic sound of the children reading stories.
Every kid will need a parent to volunteer with them. All must sign a general liability waiver and be supervised by parents at all times. Not only is the program free, but kids win prizes for every five books they complete.
Kids also have the freedom to select their own reading material. ORHS has a stash of books but kids may bring their own books if they prefer. The cats will not care about a child's reading level or taste in genre—they will simply enjoy the soothing sounds of kids reading to them.
Cat enrichment, child literacy, fostering compassion for animals in young people !!!
To participate please call ORHS at 706-454-1508
We often hear from people that they want to support and volunteer with ORHS but because they can’t foster an animal, they don’t speak up. Well, there are lots of other ways you can help our organization whether you work hands-on with the animals or not. We have some of the best volunteers around and now we’re reaching out to you to join us in one of the most rewarding causes there is.
We have some fresh new faces on our Board of Directors and we have lots of work to do. We rely on a number of critical committees to help us achieve our goals and it’s time to get them moving.
So, If you have led or worked on a committee for us before and would like to continue just let us know. If you think you would like to participate on a committee or take on a leadership role, let’s talk further so we can share some of our plans for 2018.
If you are new to our organization and would like to become more involved let us know and we’ll talk about where you would like to devote your time.
Volunteer opportunities are as follows: Kitty and puppy care, foster home, fundraising, education – adult and children, community food distribution, transportation, volunteer coordinator, and publicity...(website, articles, newsletter, grant writing, etc.)
Thank you!! It is a great place to volunteer!!
Please contact: Jill Schurig. Volunteer Coordinator/ORHS--706-454-1508 or ORHSpets@gmail.com