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Friday, June 14, 2024

ESPCA Volunteers

Volunteer! It’s great for the animals and an incredible way to find additional purpose in your life.

Who knew that volunteering could be as easy as reading out loud to a kitty? The ESPCA loves for volunteers to come in and socialize with the guests. You can even bring your book and sit in one of the cat rooms. This simple way of volunteering helps shy cats to be more comfortable with human interaction, and the social one’s love having visitors. Help with marketing by snapping photos and passing along some fun details about your new kitty friends. Be an ambassador, upload adoptable pets to social media, and tag the ESPCA.

The ESPCA dogs need you too! They love getting out of their kennels to stretch their legs and smell all the smells a walk offers. Your service can be an excellent activity for you and meaningful for a shelter dog. This simple bonding walk you share can prepare a dog for its forever home by keeping it calm and its mind busy with activity instead of boredom, which can lead to behavior issues. Volunteers can also sit with dogs to keep them company and offer a friendly visit of comfort. 

This month we’d like to spotlight a new ESPCA volunteer Zhenya from Ukraine. Zhenya knows a little something about adoption. Kate and Nate Morehead, an Air Force family, are adopting him. Kate is a teacher by trade and is home-schooling Zhenya. He has only been in the U.S. since June 1 and is learning English, so his mom, Kate, comes to the ESPCA to volunteer with him. Zhenya is working on walking dogs and socializing cats at the shelter. His love for animals shines as he works with them to help their confidence and prepare them for a forever home. 

Adoptable Pets pictured with Zhenya: Miami is a 3 to 4-year-old possible Pointer/Lab mix. She’s extremely sweet and very food motivated. She also loves to play catch and fetch. 

Scooby is a one-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix. The best way to describe this guy is happy! He also loves belly rubs and walks.

To volunteer with dogs or cats, you can learn more and complete your application at enidspca.org/volunteer, and to find pets ready for adoption, head to enidspca.org/adopt.

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Blake Reese
Blake Reese
Blake Reese is the Coeditor and Advertising Director for Enid Monthly. Writing and editing are passions of his, but he also enjoys the connections and relationships he gets to make by going out into the community. Blake is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but he relocated to Enid after graduating from college. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science accompanied by a minor in Communications. Blake definitely misses the city life from time to time, but he's happy to be a part of the Enid community.

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