Can you give your time to an­i­mals?

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - International Volunteer Day -

Our most pre­cious gift to give is our time. Op­er­at­ing the CARE Op Shop, car­ing for sick, or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals takes a great deal of that, so the team at Com­mu­nity An­i­mal Res­cue and Ed­u­ca­tion, known as CARE, is grate­ful for any you can spare.

The Taupo¯ an­i­mal res­cue char­ity is a first port of call for an­i­mals in need and tends to more than 500 an­i­mals a year, work­ing through an­i­mal wel­fare sit­u­a­tions, res­cu­ing, re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and re­hom­ing

“Ev­ery an­i­mal is pre­cious and is treated as an in­di­vid­ual,” says CARE op­er­a­tions man­ager, He­len Rabin­ska.

“We have only had to eu­thanase six an­i­mals in the past four years, so we more than meet the no-kill best prac­tice stan­dards and this is what our loyal vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Due to in­creas­ing de­mand for the res­cue’s ser­vices, and a num­ber of ex­cit­ing new projects in de­vel­op­ment, He­len says CARE re­ally need an ad­di­tional 30 helpers in the team.

“Just two or three hours a week, any day of the week, is go­ing to make the world of dif­fer­ence.

It’s a great way to meet peo­ple, have fun, learn new skills and truly do some­thing mean­ing­ful in the com­mu­nity,” she says.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed and all train­ing is pro­vided.

The var­ied po­si­tions in­clude op shop cus­tomer ser­vice, vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ers and do­na­tion sorters, ad­min­is­tra­tors, driv­ers and fur­ni­ture movers.

“We also need helpers to feed and care for our cats and kit­tens in the CARE Critter Cube in our op shop.

This takes about one hour and helpers can choose a morn­ing or af­ter­noon slot,” He­len says.

If you are able to of­fer a safe and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment to an an­i­mal, the res­cue is also in ur­gent need of 15 ad­di­tional fos­ter fam­i­lies.

All food, bed­ding and vet­eri­nary needs are paid for by the res­cue.

“Fos­ter­ing an an­i­mal is one of the most per­son­ally re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the world,” says He­len.

“We un­der­stand that Christ­mas is just round the cor­ner and peo­ple may not be able to start help­ing un­til the New Year. That is fine and we would love peo­ple to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est now.”

■ To give time to CARE, visit the op shop, com­plete a form on the res­cue’s Face­book page, [email protected]­mu­ni­tynz, or call He­len on 07 222 5776.

Vol­un­teers are needed to help at CARE Com­mu­nity An­i­mal Res­cue and Ed­u­ca­tion.

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