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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Help Give Animals a Second Chance

If you love animals, the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary could be a great place to spend your spare time volunteering. This animal shelter houses around 45 dogs and 45 cats and adopt out 500-600 animals annually.

"We welcome volunteers in many different capacities," their website reads under the "Get Involved" tab.

The duties of a volunteer could include anything from walking dogs and playing with cats to helping out around the office. This non-profit no-kill animal shelter also offers an opportunity called Doggie Day Out, in which volunteers can take a dog for up to three hours for a walk in the park or maybe a visit to PetCo.

"I like taking the dogs for a walk around OU's campus. The dogs always seem to love all the people and attention they get," said OU student and volunteer, Jackson Goeble. The shelter is also always looking for volunteers willing to be a foster home for pets that are too young or too sick to remain in the shelter. The shelter says this is one of the most important jobs a volunteer can do.

The shelter also welcomes children to volunteer as long as their parents remain with them. Second Chance could be the place a family adopts a new pet. In the past 20 years, Second Chance has found homes for over 10,000 homeless animals. The shelter's mission statement is "Enriching the community by promoting animal welfare in Oklahoma."

To find out more about how to get involved, visit their website at www.secondchancenorman.org.