Animal Activists and Volunteers

Community volunteers help with pets and animals

Dogs are very much part of the human community. And there are many people who care deeply about the lives of dogs. There are many organizations that work on their behalf, some of them long established such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) that is found in many parts of the world. These societies rely heavily on volunteers to help by homeless dogs by fund-raising, by walking the sheltered dogs, cleaning kennels etc. You'll meet several of these volunteers.

Then there are activists who work on a local level. They see a need in their community and they gather support to help solve the problem – for example, to push for legislation or regulations that would allow dogs on public transit, or to reside with their apartment-living owners, or to have access to leash free parks. In the case of one featured activist, she was incensed when she learned dogs were used in the testing of makeup and she has worked tirelessly to stop the practise.

Some kind volunteer families take on the year-long job of socializing a puppy who is on track to become an assistance dog. These dogs need to be taken everywhere so that they know the “way of the world” that they live in. In one video, we meet a city politician who worked to get spay and neuter bylaws in place so that indiscriminate breeding was reduced – many of these feral dogs live difficult short brutish lives. Male intact dogs are often dangerous residents of communities.

There are a myriad of opportunities to help dogs. It can be a simple as taking your home-bound neighbour's dog out for a walk, bringing dog food to homeless people who have dog companions,
organizing obedience classes in your neighbourhood, or taking your dog to cheer up shut-ins in various institutions. Perhaps one of these videos will inspire you.