AWSOM Animal Shelter Reflection Paper

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Community Service at AWSOM Animal Shelter Volunteering at an animal shelter can get messy fast. Between muddy paws, spilled food, and stray animals, there is always something to do. Over the summer I was able to give my time to the AWSOM animal shelter and help homeless animals. I learned a lot about AWSOM’s history and how it came to be. Also, I was able to experience and help with a multitude of activities and see firsthand how many unwanted pets there truly are. Throughout my time volunteering at the AWSOM animal shelter, I realized the dedication going into caring for the animals and the importance of adoption in the community. AWSOM, formally known as the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe, has been the only no kill shelter in Monroe …show more content…
Before the shelter is opened to the public, everything must be cleaned and mopped. All the animals need to be fed and the dogs need to be taken out and walked. When I get there in the mornings I help feed and water the dogs and I clean the small dog room. If the weather is nice, the dogs are allowed to stay outside in their outdoor kennels. However, if the weather is bad or it is too hot or cold, the dogs must come back inside which makes cleaning their kennels even more time consuming. After the animals have all been taken care of the shelter is cleaned and the dishes are washed. Most mornings there are many volunteers and things get done …show more content…
My time at AWSOM has taught me a lot about myself and other people. The skills and experiences I have gained working here will help me in my future for years to come. Every day I was able to interact with new people and new volunteers. Being able to communicate with everyone bettered my social skills and helped me to improve on public speaking. I have also been able to gain experience that will help me in my future career as a veterinarian. I have seen firsthand how to handle ill or over active animals. Along with the skills I have gained, I get the satisfaction on helping animals and giving them a better life. Ann Barton also agreed in an interview asking what she has gotten out of working at the shelter. She stated, “I’ve gained satisfaction from animals getting better lives and new homes, I’m happy to see them go to their forever homes.” Ann would like all volunteers to feel the satisfaction of helping animals and the community (Barton). Volunteering my time at AWSOM has benefitted me in many

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