Volunteer Dog Walking

If you’re an animal lover, nothing breaks your heart like an animal in need. There are many dogs that are currently in crisis: there are hundreds, maybe thousands of dogs across the US cooped up in animal shelters and kennels, and they could all use the love and attention of someone with a generous heart and a little spare time.

Volunteer dog walking is a great way to pay it forward and give hope back to abandoned or neglected animals. Most animal shelters require no training beyond a simple orientation, so it’s easy to get started. By taking shelter dogs for daily or even weekly walks, you can provide them with the affection and socialization they need to become healthy, happy pets to an adoptive owner someday. It can also provide you a great sense of purpose and personal fulfillment, knowing that you’re really making a difference in the lives of these dogs.

If shelter work isn’t feasible for you, you can also volunteer around your neighborhood or community. Consider posting flyers that advertise your willingness to walk dogs or pet-sit for free. There are plenty of busy people who could benefit from the service – and the dogs will thank you too!