The Coachella Valley is a unique place for a lot of reasons, one being it's just full of hundreds of charities. Wheresoever your passion lies, you could find a home for it. There are so many worthy causes, and I encourage everyone to go toward the one that pulls at your heart. Today I would like to talk to you about the need for volunteers specifically in the animal world.
The need for volunteers in the animal world is twofold. First off, the shelters need your help to keep these animals active and loved. I met Jack when I was volunteering at the old shelter in Indio. At shelters, volunteers walk dogs, pick up poop, clean cages… Yes, it is a lot of work, but it is so rewarding because you know you're making life better for these dogs and cats. Whether you can tangibly see how you're making it better (no poop on their bed=life is a better place) or not, you have changed an animal's life by spending time with it. Call me crazy, but I truly believe these animals know that they don't have a family when they are behind those bars. Even with excellent shelter staff, they still spend significant time alone, surrounded by other barking dogs, and nobody constantly scratching their stomach or kissing their forehead - unless there is a volunteer there willing to give them love and the most precious commodity we have-time.
Another major need in the animal world is fosters. Right now, the Coachella Valley is in the middle of kitten season, until October, and the problem is serious. Rescue organizations such as Loving All Animals can only go out and spay and neuter so many feral cats, because they need a foster to watch the cats. They could sterilize a lot more cats, and stop the reproduction of more, which would subsequently stop many of them from being killed by disease or cars......if they had more fosters to watch the cats after they sterilize them. Spay and neuter is so important and it is the way we can stop the birth of unwanted pets. This, combined with adoption, can help us get to the goal of creating a no kill Coachella Valley.
There are many animal welfare groups that need volunteers, one such is Loving All Animals. If you would like to help, call the main number 760-834-7007 and ask to speak with Lynn Lockwood. You can help in a big way.
Here's a list of the animal welfare organizations involved in the No Kill Coachella Valley Coalition.
Advancing the Interest of Animals
Animal Action League
Bianca Rae Foundation
Humane Society of the Desert
Loving All Animals
Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Pet Rescue Center
Riverside County Animal Services
I encourage you to give your precious time to one of these worthy causes. Who knows, you may find your new best friend, or like Gandhi said, you may even find yourself.