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Animal groups seek volunteers
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Little Girl is one of many lucky dogs who found their way to Crossroads Shelter Aid after being at city Animal Control since November 2020. She shut down in that environment, but was able to put on weight and flourish under care at Crossroads Shelter Aid before she received a forever home commitment. Volunteers are being sought to help them make differences in the lives of more dogs like her.

If working with animals is something you enjoy, then Crossroads Shelter Aid and Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center have great opportunities for you.

The two groups will be meeting in the Early Voting Room at Warren County Administrative Offices this Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m. for volunteer orientation. Ashley Sloat, employee of Thunderhawk Canine and a licensed dog trainer, will be in attendance to educate interested visitors about various zoonotic disease, as well as canine body language and enrichment.

“Through this event, we would like to get information out about animal husbandry and present it all in a way that makes sense,” said Ashley Bouldin, director of Crossroads Shelter Aid. “It’s all about helping to improve the lives of the animals in a way that is safe for both the people and the animals.”

Warren County, like much of the South, suffers from an overpopulation of unwanted pets. This means rescue groups must work harder to better the lives of the pets who have been cast aside. Unchecked, these unwanted animals become feral and very difficult to place in homes. Just a single litter of kittens or puppies can produce hundreds of offspring that, like their parents, go on to contribute to the saturation of feral animals.

This is where groups like Crossroads Shelter Aid and the county’s Animal Control and Adoption Center come in. In the case of CSA, they help to arrange transport of animals in local areas to destination shelters elsewhere that have higher demand for dogs. By doing this, the burden is lightened and the animals typically spend less time in shelters than if they were to remain in the county because they are quickly adopted. They work closely with the dogs until they get the ticket for their freedom ride, helping to coax reluctant dogs out of their shells.

“Volunteers are important, because without them, we are very limited on what we can do,” said Bouldin. “With more volunteers, we can help more dogs, offer more enrichment and overall improve the quality of life for the dogs while they’re in our care.”

Although CSA is fairly new to the rescue scene, the group has already helped to move over 100 dogs in the area onto greener pastures elsewhere and their close work with McMinnville Animal Control has allowed the facility to completely remove the need to euthanize dogs due to space concerns.

The motivation to do rescue work and help members of the community, Bouldin says, finds root in her upbringing. “The seed of compassion was planted by my mom, Jody Robertson,” she said. “I hope to work with ladies on probation through CSA to be a positive influence and to help them develop a sense of purpose.”

To be a volunteer at CSA, applicants must be 16 or older to volunteer without a parent, or 12 and over with a parent. WCACAC asks volunteers be at least 18 and applications can be received at the Admin Building during business hours.

To see more information about Crossroads Shelter Aid, go to its website, https://crossroadsshelteraid.org/.