Where Are the Volunteers?
You’ve heard us say many times that your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a place where we believe Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow®.
When news of COVID-19 first broke, some volunteers expressed concern about whether they could give or get the virus from the animals or other people here at the shelter. Some decided right away they would take a break until things returned to normal. (According to the CDC, you can’t get the coronavirus from animals, and the animals can’t get it from you.)
When we decided to temporarily close the shelter to the public on March 20th, we sent everyone home except essential animal care staff and some of our mentor volunteers. Many volunteers are now providing in-home foster care for pets.
Of course, you can’t just walk away from an animal shelter. Every animal still needs basic care, socialization, life enrichment, and, in some cases, medical treatment.
Since adoption counselors are not handling animal interactions and showings with potential adopters, it gives them more one-on-one time with the animals.
We’ve told you many times that, if there are no volunteers, there is no Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We’ve been reminded of that during this temporary closure.
Since most of us have a little extra time on our hands, right now might be your opportunity to follow up for every time when you thought, “Maybe, I should volunteer.” Start by downloading the volunteer application from the website.
When this is over, it’s going to get super busy! We will need you to help us create the “New Normal” for RCHS. We cannot do the great things we do without our volunteers.
For more information on volunteering at RCHS check out our website at sdpets.org. We hope you’ll be here with us when we re-open to the public because Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow®.