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Volunteers Make A Difference

Photos special to The Greeneville Neighbor News. These volunteers are making a difference at the local Humane Society. Pictured clockwise from top left are Lisa Carter, Trinity United Methodist Church Lister Circle group, Ashley Brown, Denise Wilson and Upward Bound.

Originally published: 2013-02-10 09:06:47
Last modified: 2013-02-10 09:28:11

FROM The Greeneville Neighbor News

By Janet Medcalf

Have you ever considered volunteering at the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society?

We’re always in need of volunteers and have several different volunteer opportunities available.

Our socialization program is probably our most popular.

Socializing with our adoptable and injured animals is extremely important.

The dogs love it when our volunteers take them for a walk, run in the yards with them, play fetch and groom them.

The cats enjoy it when the volunteers play with them in their large cat play area, chasing balls and playing with feathers, not to mention crawling in the laps of volunteers so they can be petted and brushed.

This socialization time helps the dogs and cats to become more adoptable and can also break the boredom of the day.

Our injured animals that are usually under cage rest love it when the volunteers stop by to hold them, pet them and reassure them that all will be fine soon.

Even if you can only stop by for fifteen minutes to socialize with the animals, that’s fifteen minutes of love and attention that they would not have gotten if you hadn’t come.

You never have to call ahead of time, just show up anytime Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m..

Not only will the animals have a good time, but we’re sure you will leave with a smile on your face too!

The Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Clinic is also in need of volunteers to sit with the animals in the recovery room after they’ve had their spay/neuter surgery.

Volunteers monitor the animals so they stay warm and are safe after surgery.

Surgery days are Monday-Thursday. These volunteers’ hours are scheduled and dependable people are needed.

Just give us a call and we will put you on our schedule!

Fundraising is another important volunteer opportunity.

Several times throughout the year we need volunteers to help us with our fundraising events.

Our annual roadblock, Walmart wish list drive and our Howl-O-wean are a few of these events.

We try to announce the need for fundraising volunteers on our Face book page and on our website a few weeks before the actual event.

Special Project volunteers are needed from time to time.

Just last year we put the call out for volunteers to help us build a dog walk.

We were very happy to have groups of student volunteers and church youth group volunteers to help us create a gorgeous, landscaped, dog walk area.

Other volunteer opportunities include collecting and donating much needed items for the Humane Society.

Dog and cat food, old blankets and towels, cleaning supplies are just a few of the items we’re always in need of. Collecting aluminum cans and old ink cartridges so that we can recycle them is always appreciated too.

Volunteers of all ages and all walks of life are welcome.

If you’re 17 years or younger, you will need a parent or guardian with you.

It’s always great to see parents and their children working alongside each other at the Adoption Center.

Tusculum College students, church groups and County and City school students are always great to have.

How do I get started? It is really very simple, decide which volunteer opportunity or opportunities you’re interested in and then stop by the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society for a volunteer application.

We promise you will never regret the time and attention you give to our animals.

And remember! We couldn’t exist without our volunteers! You are very important and a critical part to our operation.

Of course we have to share this information before closing this story… if you’re interested in giving one of our adoptable animals a home and lots of love, we have many animals to choose from.

To view our adoptable animals, go to our Facebook page at Friends of Greeneville-Greene County TN Humane Society or our website at

Call us if you have any questions about volunteering or adoption! (423) 639-4771.

We would love to hear from you!

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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