Volunteering is Good for the Soul

Honestly, this post will probably be a bit of word vomit but it’s something I’ve been sitting on for a while.

As someone who desperately needs to feel productive and like I’m doing something good for the world, it’s a wonder it took me so long to commit to volunteering regularly. I always came up with excuses for why I couldn’t set aside the time, but I’m so glad I finally made the plunge because I’m better for it.

Here’s the thing. Obviously volunteering is a good thing to do for your community, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t doing it somewhat selfishly. I truly leave each shift feeling better than I did before, even if I’m exhausted and sweaty and covered in miscellaneous dog fluids (you get used to it).

Whether it’s cleaning kennels, refilling water, chopping up hot dogs, or taking dogs on walks, I can immediately see the impact of my efforts. The staff at KC Pet Project work incredibly hard each day to literally save lives, and they are so grateful for any bit of help they get. So even if I’m just washing dishes, it’s allowing their efforts to continue helping pets.

Every act of service is like a shot of dopamine. Plus, just look at these sweet babies I get to help! I even got to teach Mason (on the far right) how to shake!

Happy volunteering!

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