The Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim or “That I May Serve,” is lived out every day by students who volunteer to help the people in the Blacksburg and New River Valley Communities. While helping our two-legged friends is important, sometimes we forget that our four-legged friends could use some help too.
There are 14 animal shelters or humane societies in the New River Valley and two of them are located close to Virginia Tech’s Campus. These two organizations are the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center and the Humane Society of Montgomery County.
Both of which offer numerous opportunities for students to volunteer.
The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter and some of the animals there stay there for months and even years. Volunteers are needed to keep the animals happy and socialized while they wait to be adopted.
Jamie Burton, the Shelter Manager at the Humane Society says, “We are blessed with many fantastic student volunteers from VT and RU. So that everyone can enjoy their time at the shelter, we ask our students to sign up online for a time to visit the shelter.”
Burton emphasizes the importance of signing up online for a time on Fridays and Saturdays for groups to volunteer.
Another opportunity for students to volunteer is through dog walking at the Animal Care and Adoption Center. Volunteering there, however, requires a training session.
Marilyn Wheaton, Volunteer Education Coordinator at the Adoption Center, says, “The training session is easy and well worth it.” She encourages everyone to tell their friends to volunteer and help the animals.
If a student cannot make it out to the shelters, they are encouraged to set up supply drives for the animals. The Humane Society’s website says that the shelters are always in need of dog/cat food, non-clumping cat food, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, etc.
Students can also visit the Second Time Around store in Blacksburg. According to their website, the store sells a wide variety of items and all proceeds go directly towards helping the animals at the Humane Society.