Want a job with no pay, lousy hours and stinky?
Want a job with no pay, lousy hours and stinky? Jourdan Giron, 21, of Lawndale, Calif., is a shelter volunteer at the Los Angeles SPCA. "I'm just happy being here and I don't want to leave," Giron said (AP photos)
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lp Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy, and sometimes it stinks.

That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country doesn't sound very appealing, but thousands of volunteers answer the call every day.

"I don't know how we could function without volunteers," said Robin Starr, who 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 feed, walk, groom, train, play with and show animals. They also need office and other help.

Karen Gammon, 58, donates her art for auctions and the gift store at Starr's shelter. She used a charcoal-smothered canvas and then an eraser to peel away the charcoal.

"One year, the bidding got to $11,000, so she agreed to do two drawings at that price, making $22,000 for the shelter," Starr said.

At Florida's Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, Cornelia Perez, 72, started volunteering 60 years ago when she rode her bike to a shack by the railroad tracks and they let her walk the dogs.

She was away for a while, at boarding school, college, an early career but she returned in 1984. She put pails in supermarkets for food donations and coordinated the building campaign for the shelter that replaced the shack. She now volunteers at the state-of-the-art shelter that replaced the building.

Jourdan Giron, who turns 21 this month, signed up in February for eight hours a month at the SPCA in Los Angeles and has put in over 325 volunteer hours, well over the 64 promised.

"I'm just happy being here and I don't want to leave," she said.

Usually shy, she is comfortable when talking to customers about animals. Giron does those smelly jobs too, but she sees it as a matter of faith.

"I know," she said, "it's because they trust me to go in the kennels."

Critical thinking challenge: Why must shelters depend on volunteers who work for no pay? Why are people willing to work for no pay?

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COMMENTS (30)
  • shannons-Koc
    10/02/2014 - 08:57 p.m.

    I am a major animal lover. I would contribute to helping the animal community any why that I can. It breaks my heart knowing there are a lot of hopeless animals out there that need someones love and care. Animal shelters gives all the money earned to their animals this is why they only have help from volunteers. I think a new plan needs to be formed to give more care to these animals but first that means they need more volunteers.

  • reedh-4
    10/02/2014 - 11:30 p.m.

    Many people don't like to work. People work to make a living and provide for their loved ones. Its confusing when people work with no pay. This is because people are volunteering at their local animal shelters, helping with all of the above. These people help animals in need, getting no pay whatsoever. When people aren't helping in the shop, they are helping set up auctions and events. These people call up for duty everyday because they love it and love helping out. I think the people who do this are good people. Its great because they don't have to do this, they do it anyway. When I get older, I'd love to help out at a place like this because I want to help make a difference.

  • jordant-Koc
    10/03/2014 - 10:52 a.m.

    This article was about volunteers at an animal hospital shelter and how much they mean to the community. There were some short stories of a few volunteers who were a huge help. I liked this article because I volunteer at a Hospital and its nice that someone recognizes and appreciates the work of volunteers. It's a selfless thing to do and I would trade it for a real job. I love giving back to the community and helping out.

  • joshn-Koc
    10/05/2014 - 08:51 p.m.

    Shelters look for people who can work without getting paid. The reason being is that people who do not get paid but are doing what they love is is not working. Someone who wants to work without getting paid gets the job done because he or she wants to therefore resulting in better work output. That is better than someone who does something just because he or she is getting paid to do that.

  • vincet-Koc
    10/06/2014 - 12:43 a.m.

    I would not be happy not getting paid but reading more into the article it is for a good cause, I love animals and hate to see them suffer, I would do a lot to just see them happy.

  • yasming-Koc
    10/06/2014 - 12:48 a.m.

    It s good to know that there are some good hearted people still. Many shelters are in dire need of help especially with all the animals they get each day. Anything helps with them. Helping out these animals gives a one a right set of mind knowing your helping and saving defenseless animals.

  • alexisr-Koc
    10/06/2014 - 01:05 a.m.

    I would willingly volunteer at an animal shelter without pay. Animals are the best things to walk this planet and I am an animal lover. I'll help them so they wouldn't have to die or go to owners who abuse them. If i volunteered there i'd probably take a kitten home every week because I have so much love for animals. Helping animals shouldn't require being paid if you're an animal lover.

  • katelynf-Vei
    10/06/2014 - 08:18 a.m.

    Shelter depend on volunteers because they care more about the animals than money so they do not run for profit.Robin Starr said "I don't know how we could function without volunteers,". Volunteers are responsible to feed, walk, groom, train, play with, and show animals at the animal shelter. People are willing to work for no pay because there is work to be done and they need the help. Jourdan Giron said "I'm just happy being here and I don't want to leave,". She was just one of many examples of volunteerism at the animal shelter.

  • hannahg-Vei
    10/06/2014 - 08:18 a.m.

    Why must shelters depend on volunteers who work for no pay? Why are people willing to work for no pay?

    Shelters depend on volunteers because they care more about animals than money so they do not run for profit. Robin Starr, who is in charge of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Richmond, Virginia said, "I don't know how we could function without volunteers. "Volunteers are responsible to, "feed, walk, groom, train, play with , and show animals" at the animal shelter. People are willing to work for no pay because there is work to be done an they want to help. In this article, Jordoun Giron said, "I am happy to be here and don't want to leave." She was just one of many people to be an example of volunteer. She was just one of many examples of volunteerism at the animal shelter.

  • NeherJ-Vei
    10/06/2014 - 08:18 a.m.

    Shelters depend on volunteers because they care more about the animals than money. They do not run for profit. Robin Starr who is in charge of the society said, " I don't know how we could function without volunteers." People are willing to work for no pay because there is work to be done and they like to help. Jordon Giron said. " I'm just happy to be here and I don't want to leave."

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