Linda Gottwald has served as a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center since 2011 and holds membership with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). As the executive director of Traverse City, Michigan-based Great Lakes Humane Society, Linda Gottwald is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals. Volunteers often play an integral role in helping a humane society serve its many functions. Here are five things you’ll be doing when volunteering at an animal shelter that can benefit you.
1. Meeting new people. Volunteering at an animal shelter widens your social network as you meet new people who share your passion to help animals.
2. Increasing the likelihood pets will be adopted out. Your efforts will help animals get ready to go to a new home. You may teach pets to become more socialized with people and care for them to improve their mental and physical health so they can leave the shelter sooner, thereby making room for new animals.
3. Lifting your mood. Volunteering helps you gain a sense of purpose and accomplishment which can boost your mood and overall health.
4. Learning new things. You will learn new skills when you volunteer at a humane society. You may gain knowledge about different animals and gain experience completing tasks such as working the phones or setting up meetings with potential new pet owners.
5. Engaging in mental and physical activities. Being a volunteer at a humane society keeps you active by assuming duties such as taking dogs out for walks, cleaning pet housing facilities, or completing administrative assignments and other mentally and physically challenging tasks.