The organization is looking for someone to work full-time to comfort dogs. The organization is witnessing a lack of staff/volunteers.
Dogs are one of the best things that ever happened on this planet. Who wouldn't want a job where they are required to snuggle with dogs, play with them, and take care of them all day long, right? The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is currently undergoing a crisis with regard to the number of volunteers present. The animal-loving and dedicated owner is looking for people who would like to take up a job at the organization. The job requirements are pretty simple, you just have to be a dedicated worker with a very big heart, kind hands, a love for animals, and best of all, you need to be ready to snuggle at all times. The work assignments will almost never drag you down. So if you're down in Florida then there's a job waiting especially for you (if you check all the above boxes, that is). Why is the search back on? Most of the student volunteers at the organization have gone back to college or school and there seems to be a shortage of snuggles.
The winter break just got over so most of the student volunteers have left the shelter. This has created a slight problem in the shelter as the dogs and the little pups were used to getting more snuggles and love than they do now. With a shortage of staff, the dogs miss the amount of attention they were given. At the Humane Society, there are plenty of dogs that are confused or scared since they just got back from surgery and they need to be loved, taken care of, and most importantly, snuggled. That's how they feel secure. It helps them heal faster.
To a pet at a shelter, love is as important as food and a roof over their heads. Giving them love and attention helps in keeping their stress levels down and also makes them more comfortable with human touch. Usually, pets at shelters are put up for adoption so they can find forever homes. Giving them love by snuggling with them helps them find forever homes faster. Volunteers and staff generally spend time talking to the dogs, getting sloppy dog kisses, scratching them in their favorite spots, and even playing with them.
When volunteers do play with them, the dogs get over their fears and their insecurities and start trusting people again. They become a lot friendlier than they were when they first entered the shelter. In the start, when they arrive at the shelter, most pets aren't ready to be adopted. They undergo training and are made comfortable with humans and other animals before being put up for adoption. This is done so that they learn how to deal with and let go of the trauma they suffered before coming to the shelter. A large percentage of dogs that come to the shelter are generally rescued.
Volunteer Jeff Honig is the expert dog cuddler at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at the moment. He is a retired Hillsborough County deputy who is always there to cuddle and comfort the dogs that are in the recovery pen. As reported by ABC Action News, Honig said, “It’s very soothing for me, it’s very soothing for them, it's just a great experience." He spends around ten hours every week volunteering at the shelter. He does various jobs at the shelter, all the way from cleaning up to assisting the veterinarians. But he likes to snuggle with the animals the most.
“This is my dog fix,” Honig says while cuddling Rosie, the Rottweiler. “I have four cats at home. I travel a lot. So here, I get to hang with them.” According to Humane Society’s Liz McCoy, the number of volunteers keeps fluctuating throughout the year. They usually have more volunteers during the summer and winter breaks. Anyone who loves animals is allowed to come and volunteer at the shelter and there are no fixed timings for the volunteers. Whatever time a volunteer can manage is greatly appreciated by humans and animals alike.
“It makes me emotional just thinking about it,” McCoy says. “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.” Volunteers aren't just requested to snuggle with dogs that have just come back from surgery or have just been rescued. Even the dogs that have not been adopted for a very long time, ones who have been around in the shelter for months or years even, require a lot of snuggles and love. Sometimes, volunteers even end up adopting pets from the shelter before they leave.
There are plenty of people who would love to take this job. The advertisement for snugglers has been put out so that the shelter can get as many volunteers as possible. The dogs would love that!