Humans being humane
By Kelly Marcella
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
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
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.