I've been volunteering my photography skills for shelter animals for about a year and a half now, and it's truly been one of the most rewarding things I've ever committed myself to. This past weekend, we had our annual Mega Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Our city shelter, Animal Care and Protective Services (the shelter I volunteer for), joined forces with First Coast No More Homeless Pets, the Jacksonville Humane Society, and all our Jacksonville area rescue groups to find homes for hundreds and hundreds of animals. So guess how many were adopted this weekend! 1,003!!!!
We found a home for our foster dog Lucee the day before the event started so she headed home with her new dad Mike, and our foster kitties Ivy and Lily had their spay surgery last Tuesday so they'd be ready for the event. I'm hoping and praying they were adopted! I'll be going back into the shelter this Friday for another photo shoot. Even though all those animals got adopted last weekend, I'm sure we'll still have plenty of new shelter arrivals for me to photograph this week.
Find something that captures your heart and volunteer. You'll find that it benefits you just as much as it benefits the organization you are serving, if not more! Already volunteering somewhere on a regular basis? Tell me about it in the comments below!