I stopped by the rescue on Monday when I was off. Nick was with me. I spoke to a woman, who appeared to be "in charge" She was answering phones and dealing with the people who came in. She told me though that she is opening another no kill shelter in northern Florida, so she will be leaving soon and taking some of the animals.
All the cats pretty much have free roam. Some can walk everywhere. Then there is one room for just kittens, one for sick cats. They have a few in cages, which she said are new arrivals and they are waiting on determining their health nd temperment before they are left with all the other cats. Then there was another room or maybe two that was all adult cats. They also had access to go outside to a enclosed area. They had a bunch of rabbits that were in long stall type things. Each had there own one I think. They had alot of dogs too. Some big, some small. They have indoor and out door kennels. I guess they bring them to the outdoor ones so they get to be outside for a little bit. They had a couple of Iguanas and a bunch of birds too. They had probably 40-50 dogs and ALOT of kittens and cats. I think they had like 6-10 rabbits, and I'm not sure how many birds.
They need people to brush, feed the cats and give them attention
They also need people to walk the dogs, feed the dogs, etc. Plus I would be cleaning up, doing laundry, etc. The lady who is leaving handles most of the adoptions, she said I could probably help out with that too.
It didn't seem like any of the cats had names or any kind of ID. I don't know how they know which one is which one. I did notice that their website hasn't been updated in a while. All of the picture of the dogs and cats were pretty outdated and the ones linked to pet finder were all adopted already.
It seemed a little messy, but I am assuming that is because they are short on help and they have quite a few animals.
I told the lady that I was interested in volunteering. She took my BF and I around for a little tour and showed us everything. After talking to her for a while I asked her how I went about volunteering. She said come in anytime either 9-12 or 2-5. It seemed kind of disorganized a bit....like just show up. Maybe it was just the way I took it.
Anyways.....is this pretty normal for rescues, shelter, etc. to be like that? I am preety sure I am going to start on Thursday, which is my next day off.