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Humans being humane

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

Matt Prince/Gazette
SO, HOW ‘BOUT THOSE PUPPY DOG EYES. This London Humane Society worker displays some of their worthiest beneficiaries.

I think the question to ask is: who doesn’t like animals?

The London Humane Society keeps our furry friends out of the hands of dastardly animal abusers or abandonners, and helps care for and house animals in the city.

According to Sandra Whitehall, volunteer co-ordinator at the Humane Society, there are a wide range of opportunities available for those who would like to lend a hand. Volunteers, however, must be at least 18 years of age, she adds.

Volunteering is not just about helping animals, Whitehall says of the experience at this organization. “[It also] teaches a sense of compassion and matters of animal welfare.” She notes that it is a strong learning experience, as volunteers are also taught the essentials of animal care and behaviour.

For hands on animal activities, Whitehall explains that the Society seeks individuals with experience in animal obedience training. There is a volunteer application process, followed by training and orientation for the selected volunteers, she adds. Volunteering to work with animals, be it through the dog walking or cat grooming programs, are scheduled commitments and require a higher degree of dedication, she says.

“We have approximately 400 volunteers,” Whitehall says, noting that many of them are students. Most volunteers take part in fundraising and committee work, such as planning and organizing seasonal events like their annual ‘Bark in the Park’ Dog Walk-a-Thon or their charity golf tournament, she adds.

For more information, check out the Humane Society’s website at www.londonhumanesociety.ca or call them at 451-0630.



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