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There is no pay. The hours can be lousy. Sometimes it stinks. Would you want to help animals?
That's the plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country. It doesn't sound very appealing. But thousands of volunteers help every day.
"I don't know how we could function without volunteers," said Robin Starr. She is in charge of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Richmond, Virginia.
Jobs include that often smelly cleanup chore. But every facility also needs people to work with the animals. The volunteers feed the animals and walk them. They groom them. They train and play with them. Shelters also need help in the office.
Karen Gammon, 58, donates her art at Starr's shelter. That's made a lot of money.
"One year, the bidding got to $11,000," Starr said. "So she agreed to do two drawings at that price, making $22,000 for the shelter."
At Florida's Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, Cornelia Perez, 72, started volunteering 60 years ago. She rode her bike to a shack by the railroad tracks. At that shelter, they let her walk the dogs.
She was away for a while and returned in 1984. She put pails in supermarkets for food donations. She worked to get money to build a new shelter. Now she volunteers there.
Jourdan Giron turns 21 this month. She signed up in February for eight hours a month at the SPCA in Los Angeles. She already has put in over 325 volunteer hours. That's well over the 64 promised.
"I'm just happy being here and I don't want to leave," she said.