The 11 best volunteer opportunities for animal lovers in Palm Beach County

Having a pet for a couple of hours a week sure is a lovely idea. And it’s not too far-fetched. You can volunteer. It’s as simple as that. Do good for the community, get some good karmic energy and play with dogs and cats all day.

Okay, well, that’s oversimplifying the position; it’s not all fun and games. It is serious work in need of dedicated individuals.

 

First, where you can volunteer in Palm Beach County:

Central PBC

West PBC County

North PBC County

South PBC


Puppies waiting to meet their families at the Countdown to Zero event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (Contributed).
Puppies waiting to meet their families at the Countdown to Zero event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (Contributed).

Next, what you need to know

At most rescue agencies, there is a critical need for volunteers. Some rescues run almost 100% off of volunteers.

The hours you’re needed can vary depending on the organization, but at Peggy Adams, for example, volunteers must commitment to at least four hours a week.

Did someone say, “Puppy cuddler?” Yep. That’s kind of think in animal shelters, and volunteers can definitely do that, and then some. 

Animal rescues need help bottle-feeding cats, walking dogs, and yes, picking up poop and cleaning out cages. You can also help by being a shelter tour guide and by showing the pets off to potential adopters.

Another form of volunteering is fostering. As a foster parent, you can learn all about the dog, rehabilitate it if need and provide it with a loving home until the agency is able to find the dog a furever home.

But volunteer positions aren’t just about directly helping with the animals. You can help indirectly, too. These organizations are businesses, and it takes a lot of pieces to keep them afloat. If you have skills in marketing, graphic design, photography or customer service, there’s a place for the animal lover in you to really help. Without these tasks being filled, finding furever homes for some of these animals would be near impossible.

Remember, volunteering is a serious commitment — almost like getting the actually pet. Not only does the organization take the time to train and trust you, but the animals learn to trust you as well.

Can’t get enough? Did you know you that you can turn your pup into a therapy dog?

Andrea Doria sinking: Boca Raton man survived sinking, rescued children

Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)
Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)

Last night, July 25th, marked 60 years since the sinking of the Andrea Doria.

The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)
The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)

At age 21,  Jerry Reinert, who now lives in Boca Raton, nearly died in the sinking of the fabled Andrea Doria passenger ship, after it collided with

another liner off Nantucket at 11 p.m. the night of July 25, 1956.

Instead, he became an accidental hero that foggy night – and a changed man.

“The worst had already happened and I survived,” he says.

Read about how the events of that night on the cold dark waters of the Atlantic taught Reinert a lesson he’s never forgotten: “Boca Raton hero rescued children off sinking Andrea Doria 60 years ago”

“Dirty Grandpa” opens: which South Florida city is the destination in the movie?

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This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Zac Efron, left, as Jason Kelly and Robert De Niro as Dick Kelly in the film, “Dirty Grandpa.” (Bob Mahoney/Lionsgate via AP)

Robert De Niro is making his way to Palm Beach County with Zac Efron. Well, at least, he is in a new movie!

“Dirty Grandpa,” which stars De Niro as Efron’s grandfather, follows the two stars on a road-trip as they make their way around Florida:

Which South Florida town is the destination in “Dirty Grandpa”?