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New Volunteer Opportunities

We have a couple of exciting announcements related to our volunteer program, including free admission to Chewacla State Park for volunteers to walk our shelter dogs, and a pet owner outreach program to provide information and resources to local pet owners.


Jog-a-Dog at Chewacla State Park


Chewacla State Park has generously agreed to waive the entrance fee for our jog-a-dog volunteers to bring shelter dogs for a hike at the park, free of charge. Chewacla provides a beautiful, natural setting that is ideal for giving our shelter dogs a break from the shelter. Our jog-a-dog candidates may also meet potential adopters who love the outdoors just as much as they do!


We have many compassionate people who donate their time to our animals' wellbeing and happiness during their stay with us. Our dog walkers find the program rewarding because it's great for our pups and is an excellent opportunity to exercise with a buddy. Longtime volunteer Krista Wignall shared that, "my favorite part of dog walking at the shelter is knowing that I'm giving a pup some additional time to run around outside and get love. I know the staff is busy everyday, so if I can give a dog some extra every day... I feel like its a win."


On jog-a-dog particular, Wignall said, "I like jog a dog for multiple reasons. It helps a dog become ok with new surroundings and strangers. It gets them additional exercise. It exposes them to potential adopters who see the yellow "adopt me" vest. It also helps ME get extra exercise! "


Volunteer Michelle Furney also enjoys spending time with our dogs and knowing the impact that walks have on their wellbeing, "I love how excited the dogs get when they know they get to go outside, "Furney said. One that she mentioned was Cooper, a former long-term resident who was adopted recently. "Cooper jumping high up cracks me up. You can tell they love to get out for a walk."


To participate in jog-a-dog, the first step is to become an LCHS volunteer. Prospective volunteers must first fill out a volunteer application on our website at leecountyhumane.org. Then, I send instructions to complete the volunteer orientation, which may be done at home by completing three video modules. Lastly, once the orientation is complete, I reach out to set up a time to complete the shelter tour, which is the last step to become a volunteer.