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Photography: Our animals do not get adopted unless they have a picture on our website that really shows their personality. Many of the animals, when they first arrive, are scared, and their pictures often show this. If you are a good photographer, you can take good pictures of the animals for our website.
Animal Behavior: Animals are more adoptable when they are housetrained and can follow basic commands. Can you teach a dog to sit? Or shake paws? These are things that make dogs animals adoptable.
Public Relations: Our interactions with the public are the gateway to successful adoptions. Can you answer questions about dogs and cats, or do you have time to help us at an off-site adoption event? Smiling, happy people at our events means more cats and dogs get into loving homes!
Dog Walking: Exercise is the way to make a dog calm and happy. If you can walk a dog (or two, or more!), boy do we need you! We provide the leashes, and you provide your helping hands. There are dog treats and picnic tables, plus plenty of outdoor areas for dog walking volunteers.
Grooming: Dogs and cats need to be brushed and clean if they want to make a good impression. We have all the grooming stuff you'll need, including shampoos and sometimes even hair ribbons!
Fixing Things: Goodness, seems like every day something around here stops working right. If you are a handy person, you're sure to find something to fix.
Cleaning Things: Cleaning is a constant exercise around here!
Web or Graphic Design: Help us educate our community about what we do here by creating flyers, helping in marketing campaigns, and/or helping with our website.
Something Else: There is definitely something for everybody!
We Need You!
We always appreciate and welcome your help at the Animal Center! Volunteers are the heart and soul of CTSAC. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities from working directly with the animals at the shelter, to providing essential support for our many new and upcoming programs. Volunteers who put in twenty hours or more get a volunteer t-shirt. Stylin! Volunteer work is done between 1pm and 5pm Monday thru Thursday, and 1pm to 4pm on weekends. For information about our volunteer program, call (325) 646-0617 or just show up any Thursday afternoon at 2pm for a short orientation and get started! Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and we ask that volunteers work a minimum of five hours a month.
We need volunteers to walk and socialize the shelter dogs. Spending time with the animals helps them become more adoptable. If you have experience training dogs, all the better. Dogs that know sit, stay, and come commands are easier to adopt, and dogs that know how to let us (and their future adopters) know they have to go to the bathroom are wonderful to have! We have leashes on hand for volunteers who want to walk the dogs.
The dogs don't groom themselves, and they tend to get pretty dirty playing in their pens and being walked around the shelter. If you have experience grooming dogs, or even just brushing dogs, please come on by and help out our staff.
Cats and kittens need socialization, too. We'd love it if you would come down and spend some time with our kitties. They need to be pet, groomed, and given the opportunity to play. Cats that shy away from humans are not likely to ever leave the shelter. The best way to give cats the confidence to approach visitors to the shelter is for our volunteers to play with them, letting them know people are a-okay.
There are two cat rooms in our new building. The first one is our Cat Playroom. The playroom is the one in the lobby, with big windows so visitors can watch our young cats play on the towers. The second is the Cat Room, where cats are in condos with separate food, water, and bedding.
CTSAC participates in many areas of the community. We are able to do this because of the time our volunteers commit to our programs. Volunteers interested in participating in the greater community can ask us about shelter programs or about our upcoming events.
If you are a student, at least 18 years old, you should know that volunteer work of any kind looks great on applications and resumes. If you are interested in working with animals, it looks all the better to volunteer with an animal shelter. We challenge the young adults of Brownwood to put in their hours working with CTSAC. The benefits go way beyond looking good on paper!
A volunteer made this website. Volunteers help us answer phones and file paperwork. They greet our visitors. They design our applications and worksheets. If you have any type of office experience, or even if you want some to put on a resume, we would really appreciate your help. We really just can't survive without our volunteers!
If you want to get down and dirty, there's always tons of cleaning to be done, and laundry runs almost all day! That's not to mention all the animals in need of a good bath. No pooper-scooper experience required!