This activity relates to NHS’s purpose, because I am in charge of taking care of the cats at the center. I help clean, watch, and even show potential adopters the cats. I am responsible for the care of the cats, and the safety for everyone in the facility. I learned that this job was a lot more stressful than I thought. Even as a part-time volunteer I still have a big responsibility to watch the animals. Working with animals is a lot different compared to working with humans, because there is a huge communication wall between us. It’s a new experience and it makes me learn about myself as I try to work with animals I cannot communicate with. Since I am a minor, I am only able to work with the cats and small animals, and not the dogs. What I do though is help clean the rooms, wash and brush the animals, do laundry, and show potential adopters the animals. The adoption center is a small one so there is about 20-25 cats, but there is still a lot of responsibility to watch all of them. I try to do this activity weekly, either on Mondays or Thursdays, but I am free to do this activity whenever I want. I honestly love this activity. Working with animals is always a blast and I absolutely adore all the animals, even the vicious ones. It’s really fun to do, and even though it’s a bit stressful at first it’ll gradually get easier as I get adjusted to it. This activity is a lot of fun to do and it’s a great way to get out of my comfort zone. I’m not good with working with others I do not know, but this kind of forces me to work in that type of environment because I need to be able to collaborate with the other workers at the facility in order for other work to get done. The location is a bit far so it’s somewhat an inconvenience to drive down there weekly, but the experience and the enjoyment of helping others really makes up for it.
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pine