Calling all heroic fluffs: it’s the perfect time for giving bark to the community. It’s been a ruff year, but hey, at least the holidays are coming up! Spread love and joy with these 5 Seattle volunteer opportunities for you and your pup.
Note: We verified all COVID details, but pup course we recommend always double checking in the yikes that is 2020.
In-Person Volunteer Opportunities for Dogs
1. Puppy Sitting for Summit Assistance Dogs
If your dog is a playful socialite, chances are she’s been puppin’ lonely during COVID times. Your home could be the perfect fit for raising a puppy for Summit Assistance Dogs, a nonprofit org that trains highly-skilled mobility assistance dogs for people living with disabilities. Puppy sitters attend virtual training courses and are asked to devote 15-20 minutes each day to training, caring for pup’s basic needs, and socialization. The commitment duration spans anywhere from a few hours to a few months at a time before pup goes to his fur-ever home. It’s OK if puppy sitters have other pets; they just need to peacefully cohabitate with their puppies-in-training.
2. Blood Donation at BluePearl Blood Bank
Doggo loves bein’ a hero, and right now there’s a nationwide dog blood shortage. To help save someone else’s beloved BFF (best furry fren) at BluePearl Animal Hospital, dogs must be healthy, well-behaved, 1-6 years old, 55+ pounds, pup-to-date on vaccines, and not taking any long-term meds (flea preventive is ok). Vet techs’ll treat pup like a king throughout the process, giving him lots of snaccs. And should woofer ever need a transfusion, he’ll be eligible for a free one. Due to the high cost of screening donors, pup must donate 12 times throughout three years.
3. Cleanup at Camp Long
Leash your little one, gather a group of friends, and help the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center complete an improvement and maintenance plan for two miles of trails in the forest. Socially distance with friends, do good for your community, and get pupper some exercise! Fill out an online application to get started.
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities for Dogs
4. Therapy Animal Visits with Pet Partners
Everypuppy knows that the emotional connection between dogs and hoomans is magical. In these weird COVID times, Pet Partners aims to recreate and spread that magic virtually by connecting canines to healthcare facilities, schools, and other places in need of some ruv. Humans can join the Pet Partners Facebook Group and submit videos of reading to their dogs, teaching their dog to do tricks, or giving information about their breed and training. Pet Partners picks the best of the best videos and sends ‘em on to people who need a smile most right now.
5. Seattle Veterans Day Virtual Run
Dog bless our veterans! Show your support by virtually participating in the Veterans Appreciation Virtual 5K any time from Nov. 8-13. Grab your running shoes and your doggo and join the University of Washington as they pivot from their usual runs to still support The American Legion, WDVA, and Gold Star Mothers of American (WA Chapter). Pawesome exercise with your pooch for a good cause!
Do you know of any other Seattle volunteer opportunities for pups? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tag @sidewalkdog and use the hashtag #SidewalkDog in all your giving bark pics so we can ruv ’em.
Featured photo: Annie Theby
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