At least twice a week, Remi, Reid, and their mother Susan come to the Humane Society of Ventura County to spend time with the dogs and cats. This family of animal lovers started volunteering when their youngest turned 10 years old, “We just love the animals and it’s so much fun to come and volunteer here.” Remi and Reid enjoy spending time with the animals and often can’t wait to come again. Their enthusiasm to help these animals is contagious and can put a smile on anyone’s face.
When asked what they love most about volunteering, they each had different answers. Remi loves to play with the kittens, Reid loves to see and play with cats and dogs, and Susan enjoys seeing Remi and Reid get more comfortable with animals and how much they love to come to the HSVC. While they each have their own favorite animals to visit with, they agree that the animals are amazing to work with and that they are glad to help them all find their new homes.
Our Junior volunteers add something special to our program and it is amazing to see how some dogs shy away from adult volunteers but have special connections with our younger volunteers. Many of our dogs also enjoy the energy the junior volunteers have to run around and play all day. “The animals really enjoy it,” Susan says, “So many of them need the love and affection.”
The Humane Society of Ventura County’s junior volunteer program is from age 10 to 15. These volunteers just need an adult, 18 and over, to volunteer with them to join the program. Once a junior volunteer turns 16 they are able to volunteer on their own. We welcome anyone interested in volunteering to contact our Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Volden, to learn more about our program and how to get involved. She can be contacted by phone at (805)646-6505x110 or by email at Volunteer@hsvc.org