Monday, November 23, 2015


One thing that has kept me busy for the last few months is helping the local nonprofit that works with our county animal shelter get its new website up and running.

They put out a call for a volunteer. It seemed like a way for me to consistently help a cause and a group that I care about.

I have a hard time when I’m in the county shelter. No shelter is a good place for an animal. And the one in my county is too small for the work that needs to be done. Seeing the cats in cages in a small room is hard.

We adopted our Abbey from that shelter.

This is Abbey in her cage at the shelter before we adopted her.

Friends of Campbell County Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Campbell County Animal Control. Members do things that the staff of Animal Control just wouldn’t have the time to do. They help facilitate fostering and adoptions and network to find as many adoptable animals as possible homes.

They walk the dogs, cuddle the cats, do assessments of their personalities, socialize them, get them vet care, etc. It’s harder for me to do that. So I volunteered to set up the new website and maintain it.

The move of the website to a new content management system was not easy, but Rescue Groups, the new web host, had great support. We were nervous as we waited the five days or so for the domain to transfer. But the transition was relatively smooth.

I’ve learned things I never would have otherwise learned. And I’ve seen how so many volunteers, who have jobs and families and their own pets and their own lives outside their volunteer work, come together to help the animals of Campbell County.

If you’d like to see the new website, it’s HERE.


  1. Websites for non profits are expensive and a work in progress and yes once you have the web site somebody has to keep it up.

  2. That's a wonderful way to volunteer for animals, Tina. I volunteered at our local county animal shelter a few years back. I only lasted about six months because I found I wanted to bring all the animals home or personally find homes for them. And I cried many days after I got home from there. Not a good volunteer job for someone with anxiety like myself. So now I volunteer at a local hospital reading to or with patients. A much better fit. I'm happy for you that you can volunteer in this way! What a big help! :)

  3. I love that you are helping. No, it's not easy to volunteer for a shelter, but it is good to make a difference to those animals.

  4. I believe volunteering is one of the most important things we can do in life and it looks as though you have found an organization and cause that helps so many -- the animals, of course, and the people who choose them. IT is so tricky. Good for you, being there!

  5. my niece is asst mgr for an animal shelter in wisconsin. she is stronger than i could ever be. you do good work.

  6. Hey welcome back to blogging! Hope you are liking your new job.

    Ah, yes, I love volunteering too. Brings such joy to my life. It would be really hard for me to see all those lovely animals in the shelter too. How wonderful for you to help them!

  7. Glad you found a way to help that uses your gifts without causing you heartbreak for the animals. And you rescued Abby from there. She is your "starfish." You couldn't save all of them, but you could save one. Lucky Abby.


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