When potential or future adopters come to our shelter, they come from all walks of life. It’s neat to see the many different families who come to us looking for a new friend in their lives. And we have wonderful adoption counselors, too, who work with these people to try to find out what they like, what their homes are like, and who might be the best fit for their lifestyles. The problem is, there’s not always enough adoption counselors to go around! We could always use more help, and I just found a great article at the ASPCA that gives a lot of great tips for new counselors.
Consider the difference when you can get people to open up a little bit more when they’re talking with you. The difference between “but” and “and” seems like not too much but there’s really a big difference in terms of the welcoming feeling that an inclusive word like “and” promotes! There are some more great examples and words of wisdom in this video that might be helpful for new adoption counselors also. There’s even a live webinar coming up on February 5, 2014 that you might want to check out!
And we’ve got even more great information at our website, and our Volunteer with Us section. That’s the place where you can fill out the application to become an adoption counselor too, as well as sign up for anything else that might interest you. You can volunteer as much or as little of your time as you wish – we’re happy to work with you in whatever way you can. So, think about us next time you are looking for a new activity to enrich your spare time – really, you won’t be disappointed when you see how happy you can make a fuzzy feline friend and their new forever families!