Tuesday was animal day! The most favorite volunteer day of all for most of our youth volunteers. Our discussions focused on how we help animals, and how they help us.
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Our morning was spent at Hands & Hearts For Horses which provides hippotherapy for youth and adults with special needs. With a full stable of horses, farm and barn chores were on our task list: shoveling manure, clearing the sensory trail of debris, raking and weeding the playground, and cleaning food and water buckets. We also had the opportunity to see hippotherapy sessions in action. Volunteers ages 12+ are welcome throughout the year to help with chores and lessons. Animal count: 1 barn cat, 2 goats, and numerous horses.
After lunch and a quick litter clean-up at Cherokee Lake, we traveled to the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society where we dropped off donations of treats and blankets, washed the animal control vehicles, socialized with cats, provided treats and walked dogs. We don’t know who was happier to see who (kids, cats, or dogs)? We also got to check out the new dog and cat shacks which allow a domestic experience for people and animals to get to know each other. Our hope is that every animal finds its fur-ever home soon! Animal count: 67 dogs, 28 cats.
THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, volunteers, non-profits, and groups who support our volunteer events and programs, especially our Diamond Level (and above) Sponsors Ashley HomeStore, New Hire Solutions, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Chubb, Mr. & Mrs. Howell L. Ferguson, Ms. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt; as well as the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation for helping to make youth programs like this possible.