The Humane Society of Ventura County is very lucky to have volunteers who go above and beyond to help the animals in our care. A few volunteers stand out and want to do even more. We offer these volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills and to get more involved in the shelter. After taking classes from our Humane Officers and meeting additional requirements, these volunteers are can become Animal Ambassadors. We have around 20 Animal Ambassadors in various volunteer positions, from yard checkers to pet therapy.
Laurie and Sheila are our newest Animal Ambassadors and they have taken to their new responsibilities with ease. Their favorite part of being Animal Ambassadors is the opportunity to become more involved in the adoption process. Laurie and Sheila love to help introduce animals to people so they can help the dog or cat find the best possible home. Sheila captured the feeling perfectly, "It's like helping them transition to the next chapter in their life."
Both Laurie and Sheila have their favorite shelter animals, Beckett for Laurie and Mona Lisa and Bonnie for Sheila, "but we fall in love with all of them," says Laurie. They both love to work with our bigger dogs, including Steve who is pictured with Sheila and Laurie.
Laurie and Sheila are also part of our Pack Walk Program. This program allows trained volunteers to walk dogs along the nearby Ojai Valley Trail. Dogs learn how to walk well on a leash and walk together with other dogs. It's also great stimulation for the dogs!
Please join us in welcoming these two outstanding members of our community as our newest Animal Ambassadors. We know they will continue to work hard to help the animals in our care find their forever homes.