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Visiting Pet Rescue Centres and Animal Shelters

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 26 Dec 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Visiting Pet Rescue Centres And Animal Shelters

When people are thinking about adopting a pet from a pet rescue centre, then visiting the rescue centre and seeing the animals that are available and currently looking for homes is part of the process. This can be stressful, as this will entail seeing many animals who are in a difficult situation and even the most hard hearted person can find facing so many animals who are looking for homes a little unsettling.

Preparing to Visit a Rescue Centre

Before visiting a rescue centre it is a good idea to mentally prepare the whole family for the process. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • Visiting a rescue centre can be an emotional experience. It is important not to make a decision based on emotions, rather to clearly decide before visiting the centre the criteria that will be used to pick a new pet. The rescue centres will never put people under pressure to adopt a pet, nor will they used 'emotional blackmail'. However the better prepared someone is before visiting, the easier it will be to make a well balanced decision.
  • Rescue centres are often noisy places. The sheer number of animals, many of whom will be excited by visitors or seeking attention, means that the level of noise from barking alone can be unusually loud to someone not used to it. This is particularly important when taking young children to a rescue centre. They may find the loud noise distressing. Explaining to them before about the likely noise will help to prepare them for the experience.
  • With so many different types of animal often housed within a rescue centre the temptation to consider other types of animal can be great. Someone who has not previously considered a pet ferret, for instance, may well find them so fascinating during a visit that they decide to apply to adopt. Making sure that everyone is very clear before visiting – especially children – will help to avoid coming away with plans to adopt more animals than originally expected.

A Positive Experience

While visiting a rescue centre and experiencing all the animals that are looking for loving homes through no fault of their own can be distressing, it is always important to remember that rescue centres play an essential part in society. It is sad that there are many animals looking for homes, however people should never lose sight of the fact that without rescue centres these animals would stand no chance of a new life. Thinking of rescue centres in this light can transform the experience of visiting them. When people think of a visit to a rescue centre as a positive thing, then they are more able to visit and volunteer to offer help and support.

Open Centres

Some rescue centres do not look to rehome animals at all, and instead operate as shelters looking after animals to the end of their life. These centres also include shelters that look after wild life or specific types of animal, for instance seals at the Helston Seal Sanctuary. Many of these sanctuaries actively welcome visitors and see visitor education as an important part of their mission. Visitors make an important financial contribution and this helps to keep the centres and sanctuaries functioning. These sanctuaries present a great opportunity for people to learn more about animals and their care.

Visiting animal rescue centres can be a very positive experience, whether a visitor is looking to give a home to a pet or support the work of a centre.

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hi, i am 13 years old and i was wondering if it was at all possible for me to volunteer. I have always loved animals and i have pets at home (i have two cats and a rabbit) i don't know if that helps but i am really passionate about helping out and looking after animals, i don't want my age to stop me.
jess - 26-Dec-16 @ 8:30 PM
ub - Your Question:
Hello, I have been living in London for a year now and I would love to visit some Pet Rescue center in East London and become a Volunteer one day a week. Do you have any list of Centres or database where I can look for them? Thank you!

Our Response:
You may be better trying to search via the DoIt pages as you can be more specific here. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 21-Oct-15 @ 3:11 PM
Hello, I have been living in London for a year now and i would love to visit some Pet Rescue center in East London and become a Volunteer one day a week. Do you have any list of Centres or database where I can look for them? Thank you!
ub - 20-Oct-15 @ 9:05 PM
Landi - Your Question:
Hello, I am 14 years old and I was hoping that you would consider me for a volunteering position at your centre. I am current doing my Duke of Edinburgh and would like to use this as the volunteering section, I have a huge love for animals and would like to help in anyway that I can. Thank you.Landi.

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to the place you wish to be considered for. However, you may find it difficult at age 14, as the centres may not be insured to take on school-age youths. Good luck with your DoE.
SaveAPet - 24-Sep-15 @ 1:54 PM
Hello, I am 14 years old and I was hoping that you would consider me for a volunteering position at your centre. I am current doing my Duke of Edinburgh and would like to use this as the volunteering section, I have a huge love for animals and would like to help in anyway that I can. Thank you. Landi.
Landi - 23-Sep-15 @ 6:06 PM
jazzielowndes - Your Question:
Hi my name is jasmine and im 16 years old and I was looking to do some voluntary work experience , Im currently studying an animal care course at college and I have a love for all animals and would really like to get the chance to do some work experience with them. many thanks

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly. You can access who is offering voluntary work via the Do-It link here. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 8-Sep-15 @ 2:00 PM
hi my name is jasmine and im 16 years old and I was looking to do some voluntary work experience , Im currently studying an animal care course at college and I have a love for all animals and would really like to get the chance to do some work experience with them. many thanks
jazzielowndes - 7-Sep-15 @ 9:08 PM
@Oliwia - you may want to have a look at the Wildlife Trusts as they may accept you as a youth volunteer, if you are supported by your parents, link here. Many organisations can't cater for youth volunteers, however if you can take someone older for your family along to help, then you may find something like this very enjoyable.
SaveAPet - 18-Feb-15 @ 11:29 AM
Hello , I was wondering if I could volunteer . I am 14 years old and currently running for the Duke of Edinburgh . My love for animals is undeniable and I will be happy to help out on the weekends . Thank you .
Oliwia - 16-Feb-15 @ 1:22 PM
@annie - I'm not sure if they have any age requirements, but I have included the link to Save a Pet volunteers here. I think the best thing you can do is to contact them directly. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 14-Jan-15 @ 12:05 PM
hi I was wondering if I could volunteer at save a pet I am 12 years old I adore animals I can do weekends and Tuesday night reply soon
annie - 13-Jan-15 @ 7:52 PM
Hello, I work full time but I would like to volunteer my weekends to help out. I am committed and responsible and would love to help out and do my bit. Please let me be of assistance. Many thanks
phoebe - 31-Oct-14 @ 10:22 PM
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