In September 2007, Ms. Anne Young organized a reliable group of pre-teens interested in volunteering at the local shelter (Exploits Valley SPCA) ranging from the ages of 12-14, I myself was a junior volunteer the year before and Ms. Young decided we should have a distinctive name rather than just being known as "Juniors". We managed to agree on a name, the "Paws and Claws".
First, I must explain what a Paws and Claws member is.
The members are usually responsible for one shift, every second week; we complete an evening of work which consists of cleaning the runs, cages and floors, feeding the animals and spending some well needed time with all of them. We also do the laundry and wash dishes and most definitely, we scoop poop!
In January 2008, I asked Ms. Young if she needed a hand with the meetings and fundraisers, so she agreed. I, myself have become actively involved; working one on one with the animals and the members, organizing meetings and scheduling the shifts. It really is a joy to have such involvement with the community and I know that I am working towards a good cause. My love and appreciation for animals can be seen by the senior members and other Paws and Claws members.
I must also mention, it is a pleasure having to speak with Pauline* about my love of animals and my dedication to the Exploits Valley SPCA Paws and Claws.
* me – editor!
Here are a couple of pictures of Chris's two dogs Hope and Chipper and cat Farley
Chris also wrote about caring for Clarence which you can read here: