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Celebrating Animal Shelter Volunteers: The Video

While looking for the latest in my two series, Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make Me Want to Kill Myself  and Spay Neuter with a Smile, I found that  Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, one of my favorite sources for the first two, also produces a third kind, where they celebrate their volunteers. Think about what a terrific model for helping to solve the animal overpopulation problem this three-pronged approach makes:

  • Make it clear that adoption will bring joy — as opposed to sad sack, depressing animals — into your life.
  • Present the spay and neuter message with humor so people pay attention and learn that preventing pregnancies doesn’t have the downsides they might fear.
  • Thank your shelter volunteers. Volunteering is its own reward, sure, but it’s not easy.  Knowing that what you do is appreciated — and effective — gives people an extra incentive to come in.

Here’s one of Animal Friends’ efforts:

How great is that — people of all ages getting together to help animals. If you know any other videos that help celebrate shelter volunteers, send them my way. I feel a new series coming on…

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10 Comments

  1. Posted October 1, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    You’ve found another great one. What a terrific way to recognize shelter volunteers.

    It would be great if you were able to find enough volunteer appreciation videos to create a new series. Perhaps Best Friends has some since they rely so heavily on volunteers and even invite people to volunteer on their vacations.
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    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 1, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Yes, I’m definitely going to search for new videos. These series are so much more fun than writing — and probably more effective ;-)

  2. Posted October 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE that video! It is my personal belief that we’ve got to change the way we operate in the Animal Rights community. Looks like Animal Friends of Pittsburgh is way ahead of the curve. Way to go!
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    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Animal Friends of Pittsburgh is doing terrific things! Thanks for stopping by. And congratulations on your Versatile Blogger’s award!

  3. Posted October 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning – showcasing the volunteers as well as the animals! I know we have the talent here to do this! Do start a third series – I so enjoy these upbeat videos.
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    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Well, Roberta, looks like you need to make a video — I promise to run it if you do! And yes, a series — maybe even a contest — is in the works…

  4. Posted October 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    This is a great video Edie, and shows a great spirit in the organization. Lucky animals that end up here when they are in need. We smiled all the way through!
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    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Glad you enjoyed it, B & D. I liked that they had all those adoption stats, suggesting that the dedication of the volunteers helped raise the numbers.

  5. Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Love seeing a place that appreciates its volunteers. Yay!
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    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes, how cool is that!

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  1. By Spay & Neuter with a Smile 10/22 on October 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    [...] at Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, whom I’ve featured several times before — see here and here – do it again, with a sweet, upbeat spay and neuter [...]

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