☀️MEET THE VOLUNTEERS Part 2☀️ I usually volunteer during the week when the shelter is a bit quieter. On those days, I focus on taking out as many dogs as I can, playing with them, giving them cuddles in their cages… basically helping with anything that’s needed! I also do some social media for the Paw Portal so I have to make sure I spend some time taking cute videos and pictures with the dogs, haha! I also sometimes come to introduce new volunteers to the shelter, so on those days I spend more time showing them the ropes, which I really enjoy as well.
What’s the best thing in volunteering with the dogs?
I genuinely feel like going to the shelter is a kind of therapy for me. It’s such a nice opportunity to disconnect from the city life, get some exercise in the fresh air and sunshine and spend time with all the sweet dogs. Building relationships with the dogs and gaining their trust is truly rewarding and always motivates me to keep coming back. It’s also been great to meet so many lovely people through the Paw Portal.
Do you have any dog at the shelter that you have a special relationship with?
It’s so hard to pick just one, as they are all special in their own unique ways! I love how they all have their own personalities and quirks. It makes getting to know them so much fun. However, I have to say that I’ve fallen hard for Beethoven. He’s such a sweet older boy with such a nice energy. It’s been worth putting the effort in to get to know him!
If anything, are there are downsides?
I’m a really sensitive person, so it breaks my heart to hear the sad past experiences of some of the dogs. It can be really hard to hear. However, these unfortunate stories also motivate me to help dogs with difficult stories trust again and give voices to animals that can’t advocate for themselves more generally.
For anyone who would like to join as a volunteer, what do they need to do?
All you have to do is get in touch with us! There are so many ways to get involved, and we would love to have you. You truly will not regret it, I can promise you that! It’s such a lovely community to mbe a part of and has added something really special to my life in Barcelona. ❤️🐾 - 1 hour ago