Volunteer and let the dogs get out at the shelter

Published 5:38 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In Tuesday’s edition of The LaGrange Daily News, we wrote about the local Humane Society needing more active volunteers. The society has 15 steady volunteers, and currently 13 dogs on the roster, although that number excludes the dogs at the LaGrange Animal Shelter that the city takes in, which has about 40 currently.

While there are more Humane Society volunteers than dogs, there’s still plenty of help needed. Volunteers help in many ways, from getting the dogs out and playing to taking them to and from vet appointments, taking photos of the new animals they get to put online, running the website and even being there for adoption events.

Volunteers are in so much need that the Humane Society had to modify it’s annual fundraiser, the Fur Ball, to a corporate sponsorship drive this year.

Additionally, without the physical volunteers who come in and take the dogs out to play, the animals keep all their pent-up energy until they are brought out to potential adopters. According to Lagrange-Troup Humane Society director Mandi Bono, getting the dogs out to play better socializes them and allows them to develop better behavior around humans.

All of this is not including the 40 City of LaGrange dogs, who do not have a volunteer program.

We all have lives, we all can say we’re busy, but any time you can spare to help out some local dogs goes a long way for their health and for the shelter.

To learn more about volunteering with the Humane Society, visit Lagrangehumane.org/volunteers.