• Zoe Beriss

Helping HHS From Home

Updated: Jan 29

Throughout the unexpected coronavirus pandemic that has swept the nation, more and more people have become interested in volunteering. With extra time on their hands and a desire to spend less time holed up in their homes, we at HHS have seen a significant uptick in the amount of volunteer applications we receive each day. However, with coronavirus restrictions of our own, it becomes difficult to safely allow so many extra volunteers at our facility each day. So, how can these prospective volunteers help without physically being at HHS? Well, there are plenty of ways!

One of our biggest needs at the shelter is helping to make enrichment for our animals. While our cats and dogs sit in their kennels waiting for their forever home, we want to make their time with us as comfortable and engaging as possible. The shelter can also be a difficult and stressful place for many animals. The sights, sounds, and smells of the kennels can be unlike anything these animals have ever experienced, and they can easily become fearful and shy without proper care and attention. With the use of enrichment, however, we can work to help even the shyest cat or dog comfortable and ready for adoption. While much of this enrichment is distributed to the animals at the shelter, there is still so much volunteers can do from home.

From baking homemade dog and cat treats, making pupsicles out of bone broth and dog food, and even putting together upcycled treat puzzles and toys for the animals, the possibilities are nearly endless. If you’re a star-crafter, consider helping to sew blankets, felt cat toys, and even bandanas for the animals or masks for our staff and volunteers. If you have less time on your hands, but still want to help, consider collecting supplies! Many of these are items we often throw away, but can be used to enrich the lives of our animals. The items we need most include toilet paper & paper towel rolls, plastic bottle caps, and cardboard boxes. Consider collecting these items at work or school to help benefit the animals! For all instructions and details on how you can help create enrichment from the comfort of your own home, or questions on supply donations, please email volunteermanager@halifaxhumanesociety.org. You can also visit our website at https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/programe-volunteer-program/index to watch several demonstrations and volunteer training videos.

Homemade cat toys using recycled TP and paper towel rolls. Even an egg carton can be interesting!

At-home pupsicles to help our dogs cool off. Make pupsicles using bone broth, dog

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