Animal shelter trains four volunteers

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By Beth Braden

Four new people will be among those who help care for Campbell County’s shelter pets.

On Monday, shelter director Betty Crumley led an orientation session for those interested in helping out.

“I think it went fine,” Crumley said on Monday.

Potential volunteers were asked to pay $5 for a training manual and familiarize themselves with the material prior to the Monday orientation. The manual contained information about volunteer duties and shelter practices, as well as a questionnaire for the potential volunteers. 

Applicants were asked about why they wanted to work at the shelter, if they have pets, if they are afraid of any certain breeds, opinions on spaying and neutering and euthanasia, as well as other questions about previous volunteer experience.

Among the potential duties listed on the form are cleaning cages, feeding the animals, washing food and water bowls, folding laundry, housekeeping, photographing animals, contacting animal rescue groups and helping to perform facility maintenance.

Crumley is confident the program will work.

“One lady said she can work on Saturdays, which is good,” she said.

A second volunteer training session will take place March 11 beginning at 9 a.m. Manuals can be picked up during normal business hours at the shelter, located on Towe String Road in LaFollette.