• How to Volunteer at Liberty Humane Society {Jersey City}

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    About a 20 minute light rail ride from Hoboken, located right across from the Liberty Science Center, is a bright green building that houses cats, dogs, and a dedicated team tirelessly working to find them loving forever homes. It’s the Liberty Humane Society — an open admission shelter contracted by Jersey City, Hoboken, and Bayonne to take in strays {day or night}, medically access them, give them vaccinations and microchips, spay or neuter them, and get them socially prepared for lifelong adoptions. 

    As animal enthusiasts, {seriously, nothing can put a smile on our faces faster than coming across a dog during its walk or spotting a cat on a windowsill in Hoboken} we’re excited to introduce you to a local volunteer opportunity where you can donate your time to making animals’ lives better — the Liberty Humane Society. If you have a soft spot in your heart for animals too, giving your time is one of the most needed and best ways to help out at this shelter. Here’s a break down on how to volunteer at LHS:   

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    1. Visit their site and apply

    First step starts with visiting their website and clicking on “Volunteer” to land on their application page. There you fill out a form about your capabilities {ex: how many hours can you commit?}, preferences {ex: are you a dog or cat person?}, and your overall feelings towards animal shelters.

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    2. Go to an information session

    Now that you’ve applied, you’ll wait to hear back from a staff member about dates for their upcoming information sessions and confirm the best time for you. At this session you will get the lay of the land, taking a tour of the overall facility — including the dog kennels and the Cattery — and find out more about all the different ways you can help out. You will also find out more about their trainings on dog walking, that you can attend once you’ve put in six hours of service at their kennels.

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    3. Volunteer!

    Now this is the important {and fun!} part. Once you’ve attended an information session, you have the green light to come in and volunteer — no appointment needed! You’ll find that coming before the shelter is up and running for the day {around 8am when staff members arrive} is when extra hands are most necessary — and you’ll definitely have plenty to do. This includes cleaning out cages, refilling food and water bowls, mopping floors, doing laundry, and other tasks that are required in keeping the shelter running smoothly and efficiently {make sure to wear appropriate clothes}. If you want to mix some play with work, help out at the Cattery where you will always find a few playful feline friends running around. Once you’ve spent about six hours at the shelter, you can sign up for their next dog walking class {which are given every two weeks} and spend quality time with a dog outdoors the next time you stop in. Or you can also take their Cattery class to find out the best ways to interact with the feline residents from a man who has been described as a “Cat Whisperer.”

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    You may picture volunteering at an animal shelter as a way of being surrounded by countless cute and fluffy dogs, giving them each hugs and kisses, and taking them out so you can run across big open fields… well, it’s not quite like that, but it is just as rewarding. At Liberty Humane Society you truly feel like you are helping the cause and are making each of the shelter’s inhabitants lives a little brighter. The more time you spend there, the harder it is not to form a connection with the animals — and nothing beats the feeling than the sense of pride that comes with one of your furry friends finds a forever home.

    Not able to donate your time but still want to donate? Here’s a link.

    There are also a few of the supplies Liberty Humane Society needs that you can drop off at any time:

     Gift Cards to Home Depot or Lowes
    Cat Litter- Yesterday’s News or other newspaper-based litter preferred
    Wet Cat Food
    Dry Cat Food
    Canned Kitten Food
    Dry Kitten Food
    Paper Towels
    Bleach
    Blankets and towels
    Latex medical gloves
    Laundry detergent
    Dish Soap
    Newspapers
    Pens and printer paper

    Have you volunteered at LHS? Comment below with your experience! And stay tuned for more volunteer opps coming soon.

     


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    For Lauren, Hoboken was meant to be a temporary home until she made her way in the big city — but now she can’t imagine ever leaving. By day, she’s a market researcher in New York City investigating the behaviors of her generation, but by night you can find her in Hoboken feeling the burn at a hot yoga studio, sipping on rose at a local bar, or binge-watching reality shows with her roommate at their cozy apartment. Helping others is a growing passion of hers, and she is always on the look out for local volunteering opportunities where she can give back to the community she loves so much.


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