Volunteering your time and energy with animals isn’t just good for them; it’s actually good for your health too! Valley Oak SPCA is looking for volunteers. What better way to warm your heart and soul than to sit and read with a homeless cat or dog on your lap, play fetch, walk with a pooch that is waiting to be adopted, or cuddle with an orphaned puppy or kitten?
Right now is the perfect time to start your family on a life-changing path. There is a long list of human health benefits associated with spending time with animals – stress reduction, anxiety relief, immunity improvement, and help with pain management are just a few.
The list of benefits for the animals you are spending time with is even longer. A study by animal research consultant Dr. Nadine Gourkow and Clive J.C. Phillips, a professor of animal welfare at the University of Queensland, found that cats who had four 10-minute sessions of playing, petting, and grooming time developed upper respiratory disorders at lower rates and were more content than cats who didn’t interact with people.
Volunteering also looks great on a resume. Participating in our rescue’s activities and events is the perfect confidence builder and lays the stepping-stones for our children to become compassionate adults. There are endless networking possibilities and you gain a sense of social responsibility by contributing to your community.
It’s no secret that volunteerism is good for you and your community; you might be surprised by how much you can offer. Here’s how to help:
- Adopt: Valley Oak SPCA is a no-kill rescue. We want to get as many pets as possible immediately adopted into their perfect forever homes. Please visit our adoption center (enter by the grey modular trailers) at 29010 Highway 99 Sat/Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon/Fri 12 p.m.-5 p.m.: petango.com/valleyoakspca.
- Foster: We provide the food and medical care, you provide the loving home. Information/application: vospca.org/programs/foster-care.
- Volunteer: We will need help with the move and always need help with dog walking, kennel cleaning, adoption events, etc. Upcoming volunteer/foster orientation dates: March 5 at 10 a.m. & Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. All volunteer/foster orientations will be held at our at our adoption center. Information/application: vospca.org/programs/volunteer-program.
- Donate: We are a donor-based non-profit, so we depend on the generosity of donors for day-to-day operations and our new building fund. Thankfully, the Charles E. Hoey Adoption Center and Whitendale Education Center portions of the new building have been named, but there are still naming rights available for the full complex and the boarding facility for corporate donors/major private donors: vospca.org/participate/donate/general-donation-form.
- Participate: in our fundraising activities. We always have something fun to join. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date at: facebook.com/valleyoakspca.
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Valley Oak SPCA Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic:
9405 West Goshen Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Pet of the Month
Hi! My name is Cupid! I’m a young male love bug/lap dog mix looking for my forever home. I love walks and I’m a dreamboat on the leash! I’m great with kids and want a family to call my own. Am I your perfect match?