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An Evaluation of a Shelter Dog Training Class: Outcomes for Volunteer Trainers and for Dogs

By Paula M. Ramirez

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Are the best things in life really free? Volunteers are valuable people who work for free because they simply want to help. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014 almost sixty-three million people volunteered (Volunteering in the United States 2014, 2015). The sizeable percentage of people wanting to help may indicate that there are mutually beneficial rewards for both organizations and volunteers. Volunteers are from all age ranges and help a large variety of different organizations with their causes. In 2014, 33.3% of the reported volunteers spent their time helping religious organizations, 25.1% volunteered with educational or youth services, and 14.4% volunteered for social or community service organizations (Volunteering in the United States 2014, 2015). Volunteering for humane societies or local animal welfare organizations did not appear to make the list of the most popular types of volunteer opportunities. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) suggests that people should volunteer at their local animal shelter because there are many benefits one can receive from working with shelter pets. Benefits can include learning new skills, working towards a good cause or even developing new relationships (Top Reasons to Volunteer at your Local Animal Shelter, 2012). These are only a few perks of volunteering for these types of organizations. There are many more including helping homeless animals find their forever homes.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2016
Pages 42
Publisher The Humane Society
Location of Publication Washington, D.C.
Language English
  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Communities
  5. Dogs
  6. Mammals
  7. Physical environment
  8. Social Services
  9. volunteers