Should You Volunteer to Care For Animals?

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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.

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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!

About Riyanka Roy

Riyanka Roy is an ordinary girl with some extraordinary dreams. She loves to believe in the miracles of destiny, and wants to travel all over the world, spend time with the natives, binge on local food and absorb their culture. Life is like a book and whatever we do adds more chapters to it. She enjoys writing about whatever piques her interest, for each and every bit helps in making the chapters more and more colorful. She believes in volunteering for those who need help, and has lived in rural India for quite some time.

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Besides the feel good factor, volunteering can provide you with so many opportunities that are often overlooked! As volunteering is often associated with giving; whether it be to the community or a worthy cause, we have a tendency to think that it is not about us.

Let’s change that.

When you invest your time into an organisation and its mission, there is also plenty for you to gain. And, you should be proactively seeking ways to make the most of your experience. So the real question is, what can you gain as a volunteer? Here are a few things to consider…

Create meaningful connections

It takes more that a great skill set to build a successful career. Beyond what you know, it is also about who you know. As a volunteer, you have the flexibility and freedom to move around an organisation and donate your time to areas that truly interest you. This also allows you to reach a number of people, many of which may be key decision makers.

Don’t be idle. Use this time wisely and get to know many of the people around you. Introduce yourself, learn from the organisations leaders and try to develop long term relationships that you can call on at a later stage in your career.

Develop your communication skills

Many people get to a stage in their career where they are leading and managing a team. Sometimes, this means that we become out of touch with all of the aspects that help an organisation to truly operate at its best.

Volunteering can reintroduce you to the feeling of being on the front line. This is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what it means to connect with and work alongside a number of people. Whilst leadership skills are always desirable, never underestimate the significance of people skills. Improving your ability to effectively communicate will only strengthen and improve your work environment!

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Find your calling

So, you’re still searching for a role that truly suits your skill set. Or maybe you have found your dream job title but still looking for an organisation that really allows you to love what you do.

In both of these instances, volunteering can be a blessing in disguise. This is a chance for you to find your feet and get immersed within a campaign or cause that strikes a chord with you.

Practice self-reflection and mindfulness

As a volunteer, you may be exposed to a number of social and political issues that, otherwise, you would have known very little about. Take this time to really educate yourself and understand why the charity or organisation is trying to tackle these problems.

Also, spend some time reflecting on yourself. Many of us forget just how much we have to be grateful for. In our journey to do great things, we should never forget or become disconnected with what we already have.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at all of the amazing volunteering opportunities on CharityJob right now

Don’t forget… you can gain while you give. 

About Riyanka Roy

Riyanka Roy is an ordinary girl with some extraordinary dreams. She loves to believe in the miracles of destiny, and wants to travel all over the world, spend time with the natives, binge on local food and absorb their culture. Life is like a book and whatever we do adds more chapters to it. She enjoys writing about whatever piques her interest, for each and every bit helps in making the chapters more and more colorful. She believes in volunteering for those who need help, and has lived in rural India for quite some time.

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