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Excuse me, do you have the time? | February 19, 2008

Do you ever find yourself flipping through the channels and complaining that nothing is on TV?  Do you then find yourself watching something you aren’t even interested in.  Do you ever surf the internet looking at things that aren’t even of interest to you?  If you answered yes to these questions, you may be a good candidate for volunteer work!

We are all very busy.  But I’m here to tell you that if I can find time to volunteer, you can too!  I recently signed up and was trained to be a cat caretaker at Ollie’s Place.  It was so easy and it’s so much fun.  Training consisted of cleaning some litter boxes while watching adorable cats interact and play with each other.  I even got to play with them when my “chores” were complete.  I know it can be very difficult to find time to volunteer with a busy schedule, but I want to tell you how easy it is.

Ollie’s Place only requires a commitment of one two-hour shift per week.  Two hours is nothing!  Conveniently, they are located two blocks away from one of my jobs, so when I get off work on Tuesdays I can head over there, do some clean-up, and play with the kitties.  Look online or in the phone book and see what shelters or organizations are near you – I guarantee that they would love your help!  Don’t have two hours a week?  How about two hours every other week?  I bet you can find the time if you look hard enough. 

Each shelter/rescue organization is different and will have different needs so I can’t tell you exactly what to expect – but they can.  Give them a call!  I can tell you, though, that if you are allergic to cats, volunteering in the cat room at the shelter may not be a good idea for you.  But, don’t worry – you can work with the dogs or even in an office doing much needed administrative work!

Tito’s stay at the shelter in the Bronx (where we adopted him) was made much more comfortable thanks to all the caring volunteers (and staff) there.  Animals like him need your help – what are you waiting for?  I promise nothing new will be added to the internet in the next 2 hours that you can’t read after your shift.  And that show with the “celebrities” and the “shocking” situations/challenges will be replayed several times before the new episode airs so don’t worry about missing it.  Now get going!     

FYI – Tito likes to dress up for his volunteer work, but you can usually just wear casual clothes.

Tito Volunteer

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2 Comments »

  1. Ollie’s Place!! I used to work a couple of blocks away from there too, & spent some lunch hours playing w/ (er, socializing! 😉 the cats. Unfortunately now I don’t work anywhere near there (so much for lunchtime pick-me-ups for both me & the cats–theirs is more literal, ha ha), but I just stopped by a shelter near me in Queens today to find out about volunteering. 🙂

    Comment by vegansofcolor — February 23, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  2. It is great you are spending time as a volunteer. It may be difficult to find the time, but if we were honest it is usually an issue of priorities. It is worth giving up some TV time to make a difference.

    Comment by Roger Carr — February 28, 2008 @ 3:56 am


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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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