New Volunteer OpportunitiesMay 25, 2011
Are you 16 years of age or older and want to make a difference for animals? The Humane Society has some new and exciting opportunities for you!
“Shelter animals need lots of opportunities for social enrichment,” stated Anne Reel, Executive Director. She continued, “In order to help the animals learn some basic skills, we are developing new training opportunities and reaching out to our younger animal lovers to provide more hands to provide these enrichment experiences.”
The first segment will be focused on dogs and will feature a series of three trainings in order to be a part of the “Dog Power Team”.
On June 18th part one and two of this three series training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Joshica’s Planet Canine located at 4411 Wyland Dr. in Elkhart, IN and continuing at 1:00 p.m. at the Humane Society. Individuals will learn basics of dog behavior, have some hands on practice at the Humane Society’s shelter and will receive a general orientation regarding the shelter.
Part three of the series will be held on two different evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 28th and June 29th. Participants will gather again at Planet Canine on June 28th for the first segment of “Camp Dog Power!” where basic command training and instruction will begin. “Students will learn techniques to help teach shelter dogs some basic commands to increase the dog’s social skills,” Reel stated. The second segment on June 29th will be held at the shelter and will provide hands on practice to implement what was learned. Participants must participate in all of the three training dates in order to be a part of the Dog Power team.
For those interested in the feline category, the Cat Socialization Training will be held on June 11, at 1:00 p.m. at the Humane Society Shelter. Those attending this training will learn about cat behavior and methods of assessment. Individuals will also need to attend a general orientation on June 18th at 2:30 p.m. at the shelter. Again, both trainings must be attended in order to become a part of the Cat Power Team.
Rachel Dennis, Assistant Director stated, “We’re excited to try these new venture in order to increase dog, cat and human interaction and to see the potential to increase the dogs’ and cats’ social skills.”
Registrations are limited to 20 participants for either training. You must be able to provide for your own transportation. To register for the cat training, please call in your registration by June 9th. To register for the dog training, please call in your registration by June 16th. Humane Society of Elkhart County’s phone number is 574-848-4225.