We’re living in a world where everyone is busy focusing on themselves. So what better way to stand out from the crowd by dedicating some of your time to volunteer. While most of our professional day circles around time, volunteering to care for animals can be very refreshing and rejuvenating.
Animals have the potential to love unconditionally and you’ll realise that, once you start caring for them, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from them too. For animal lovers, being surrounded by furry critters all the time is a moment of absolute bliss. And for those who still don’t know how it feels to work with animals, give yourself a chance to get closer to them.
Here are just some of many reasons that you should consider volunteering to care for animals:
They’ll teach you to be more patient.
Volunteering with animals isn’t as easy as it sounds! You have to create a bond of trust with them, so that they learn to cooperate with you. Animals can also be very emotionally vulnerable creatures, so you have to take care. While dealing with people, you can express yourself with words and gestures. But in case of animals, it’s all a game of emotions – and that eventually will help you to be more patient.
Learn to live in the moment.
For human beings like us, there’s always a move between past, present and future. We are never in one place at a time. We keep thinking of yesterday’s dinner or what we can do next weekend. Once you spend more time in the presence of animals, you’ll realise the importance of living in the moment. They aren’t living in yesterday or tomorrow. For them, that moment with your presence is the ultimate reality.
Giving without expecting would make you feel good.
In most cases, we always expect something in return while giving. But when you join a volunteer project and care for animals, you’ll know that the most precious thing you can get in return are memories. Giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves is incredibly satisfying. You’ll soon recognise that care is the strongest language, and looking after an animal can dramatically improve your communication skills.
You’ll get to make a real difference.
You may have donated to charities in the past and asked yourself, is that enough? When you join a volunteer project, you take the oath of making a real difference by offering your time to a worthy cause. Feeding puppies in a shelter, or those elephant calves in a village of Thailand gives you an opportunity to see the impact that you’re making.
Clinical Lead (Counselling and Psychotherapy) - The Quetzal Project (£26,822 - £30,153 pro rata (based on 37.5 hours full time), Leicester, Leicestershire, East Midlands)
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You get to make friends having similar interests.
Volunteering offers you a chance to get to know people who share your interests and passions. It’s potentially an opportunity to connect with people from across the world (and a bonus, they’re probably animal lovers too). When you join a project, locally or abroad, you meet people from different backgrounds and broaden your current network.
Gain experience that’ll benefit you for life.
While volunteering is an altruistic approach, it does benefit the volunteers in multifarious ways. Apart from the fact that you’ll feel happier than before and your stress levels will reduce massively, volunteering will also enhance your CV and give you a lot of exposure. The experience you’ll gain by working in a conservation project abroad is nothing less than a coursework. It’ll perhaps be the best learning journey you’ve ever had.
If you are an animal lover and have always wanted to contribute towards their well-being, then take part in a volunteer project and maybe even travel abroad to serve them. Not only will you get to explore a new destination, but you’ll also get to have several new experiences. Rest assured, you’ll not return back empty handed!