Dogs and cats are first to mind when own thinks of animal rescues.. However, perhaps you would prefer something a bit smaller and just a little “exotic”. Consider lending a much needed hand to a local ferret rescue. Many species specific rescue are operating on a shoestring budget. These smaller rescues are usually staffed by one or two caregivers, operated out of personal pockets and done solely for the love of the animal.
I can promise you every minute you offer as relief to overworked rescuers will be a minute well spent and will be valued beyond measure.
One such place may be right near you:
If you are looking to Volunteer in Northern Nevada please consider contacting Ferrets with Soul(e) , Northern Nevada Ferret Network or Wind & Willows Ferret Rescue. There are so many ways you can lend a hand…. Many from the comfort of your home.
Or check for petfinder.com, or a volunteer match opportunity or even one of the online rescue lists below may point you in the right direction
You can start at VolunteerMatch or check one of these rescue list online
How to start
Call, email or even “facebook” rescues in your area—ask what they NEED help with MOST. You might be surprised to learn they just like someone to sit with a ill ferret while the rescue mom gets a much needed nap or takes a long bubble bath. Perhaps he or she would like a chance to run errands regularly. Or perhaps they would appreciate someone running a few errands for them. You might be asked to help stuff envelopes or return phone calls.. or wash and fold bedding even the smallest task can make a difference in the lives of both the animals and the humans that care for them 24/7.
Volunteering provides benefits to you as well, such as…
- Networking.- You will be able to expand your network of friends and colleagues beyond current boundaries and meet many warm ,caring, and passionate people that you may never of cross paths with otherwise. You may be able to use these contacts in many life changing ways.
- Get warm fuzzies.You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal or caregiver you have assisted or comforted. You will find that knowing you have made a difference in some small way will improve the way you see the other facets of your life.
- Added skills-You might discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you’re capable of learning.
- Free Anti-depressants —Ferrets refuse to allow sadness in their presence. Didn’t someone once say that the best things in life are free?
- A BIG bonus on your college application or resume’— It is a competitive world– community service and volunteering may just give you the edge you need.