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Q: CAN I VOLUNTEER IN AN ANIMAL SHELTHER IF IM ONLY 13 YEARS OLD?

June 3, 2010 | By ANIMALLOVER4EVER111 | 1 answer | Expired: 1554 days ago

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I REALLY WANT TO VOLUNTEER IN A ANIMAL SHELTHER GIVE UP SOMETIME FOR ANIMALS FOR FREE ALL THE HAPPY ANIMALS WILL BE THE BEST SO I WAS WONDERIN IF I COULD VOLUNTEER IN MESQUITES TEXAS ANIMAL SHELTER

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Jillian
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Jun 04, 2010

it depends on the shelter. find the top three in your area and have your parents or guardian call to see what the age requirements are. many have a few hours where they allow minors.
but word of the wise: shelters are upsetting. at 13 i had aspirations of volunteering, but i'm 27 now and it's been years since i've been able to go in one w/o tearing up. it's wonderful you want to help, but consider being able to look at those faces no one wants, the ones who are stuck in a cage for months or even years. and that's assuming you go to a no-kill shelter. it's an experience like no other, but you have to go in prepared to handle those extreme and raw emotions. maybe shoot for a rescue instead of a shelter.
another thought is to try wildlife rehabilitation. what's really cool about that is you work w/deer and hawks and owls, most of which are babies. why it's easier than a shelter is you're not waiting for the animals to get adopted. you're only waiting for them to be healthy enough to release back into the wild.
also, fostering is a great way to help w/o all the sadness. you get a cat or kitten or dog or puppy or any animal really, care for them in your home either until they're healthy or adopted, and then get another if you want.

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