Animal shelter offering lucky volunteers dream job to snuggle abandoned puppies – The Sun

ONE animal shelter in Florida offers volunteers a dream job of being its expert dog cuddlers.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay advertises for individuals who are willing cuddle its frightened pooches during their scariest times of need.

As many of the animals at the shelter are either being spayed or neutered, shelter staff find the work of such volunteers extremely helpful before and after procedures.

According to shelter staff, the number of volunteers ebbs and flows, however – impacted by the likes of students returning to college and people being more willing to help in the summer months.

Volunteers can be any age, according to the shelter's website, but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay also encourages those who apply to their program to commit to at least six months of volunteer work.

As well as cuddling its animals, volunteers also help assist veterinarians and clean up the shelter.

Earlier this year, the shelter put out a call for more volunteers as numbers were particularly low.

The Humane Society's Liz McCoy told reporters: "It makes me emotional just thinking about it.

“Nothing happy brings animals through our doors. So when volunteers come in to make things better, it’s just a moving thing to be a part of.”

Meanwhile, Jeff Honig, a volunteer at the shelter, said: “It’s very soothing for me, it’s very soothing for them. It’s just a great experience.”

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