Volunteer: It Makes a Difference

Volunteer: It Makes a Difference
By: Madison Gewalt
Are you looking for ways to make your college application better? You might have the grades and a high ACT score, but did you know that most colleges look for how many volunteer hours you have? I know that I never wanted to cut grass or watch over screaming kids and I have always had the love for animals. When I was little I wanted to be a vet, so I had the idea that I could volunteer at a dog/cat rescue. The thought of spending all day just playing fetch with them, loving them, and taking care of them sounded like a deal that I could not pass up. It takes a lot of work, but I promise in the end it is well worth it.

I volunteer at Rose Acres Rescue. Rose Acres is a rescue located in Attalla, Alabama, they save adoptable dogs and cats that are out of time in kill shelters and on the verge of being euthanized. I have been volunteering for one year and five months, and have over 850 hours of volunteer work. Hours add up fast and you never realize you are having to do work, because most of the time you just play with the animals. You do have to clean crates and kennels, but it is not too bad. You learn an abundance of things when you volunteer at a rescue. It does not just teach you how to care for animals, but you also gain the experience of working with others, learning to take instructions, and understanding how to be responsible. Volunteering at Rose Acres is an experience that I will forever be grateful for.

Rose Acres Rescue would be thrilled to have you volunteer for them. The owner is super flexible, so you can find the right time for you to volunteer. Volunteering hours are Monday through Saturday, at any time throughout the day. If you have school like I do, you can go afterwards. I also have cheer practice on Mondays and Wednesdays, so if you are in that position you can set it up to go afterwards or on days you do not have practice. You have to be at least 13, with a parent to volunteer at Rose Acres. You can come by yourself with a parent's permission at 16 and once your turn 18, it is all up to you.

Rose Acres Rescue currently has eleven dogs and ten cats. The animals range from 9 weeks old to 4 years old. Most of the dogs are bigger animals, the smallest one we have is 30 pounds. We have saved a total of 68 dogs and 50 cats. That is the biggest joy of being a volunteer, you get to watch a scared little puppy in a kill shelter turn into a healthy, happy dog waiting for their forever home! Volunteering does not just help you out in multiple ways, it helps out the animals that are at the rescue. You get to learn how to train and care for dogs and the dogs gain another person to love and be loyal to. So if you are in need of more volunteer hours for your application or resumé, always consider volunteering at a rescue, they can use the help! Rose Acres is a great place to volunteer at, and there are also many others needing your help.