One day in Animal Shelter (Tierheim)!

27/09/2016 - 14:51-4 Comments by | republic_of_china flag

Back home I have two cats with my parents and another three cats with my partner. Since the start of my study abroad, I miss my furry companions very much. When I was informed about the animal shelter nearby my dorm, I always wanted to go and do volunteer work. Finally, I went there one time and had been able to be close again to the furry beauties. If you are like me, who have been always surrounded by animal companions but suffer from the lack of their company when staying overseas, it is a good idea to pay a visit to your local animal shelter—you can get the chance to pet them when providing your service for the animal welfare organization. How?

If we take the animal shelter in Heidelberg for example…
(1) Google “tierheim” at your local or search them in Facebook
(2) Check the opening time for the public and pay a visit
(3) Familiar yourself with the environment while ask the staffs about being volunteer with them; you possible will receive a paper of agreement to take home
(4) Read the agreement properly and sign it up, submit it in person to them when you visit them again

What is it like exactly? What was the situation?
(1) I went there at 8 o’clock in the Saturday morning, waiting for the potential volunteers for some minutes, then we start to work around 8:30.
(2) They asked me if I am a cat person or a dog person. It seemed good for them in that Saturday morning for they had more cats than dogs to take care of. By the way, Germany is among the small numbers of countries with zero-stray-dogs domestically. But they do have stray cat issues.
(3) Me and another lady of 40ish start our cooperation systematically. 7 rooms with altogether roughly 30 cats. We finished just after 11 o’clock. The lady said we were a bit late for the visitors began to come at 11. We must make sure everything is cleaned properly when they arrive.
(4) What I appreciate:
– They take very good individual care of the kitties. They know their personalities, their health needs, and food preference.
– All the towels, tools and floors are sanitized with a room-base.

I am pretty glad what I have done a bit for the cats and wish they will find home sooner! If you are keen on animal welfare issues, you should take a look at your local Tierheim 🙂

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    hi, i just arrived a month ago, n im suffering from cat and dog deficiency syndrome.
    I do not German and im learning, will they take non german volunteers

    Comment by Valida created 07/11/2017 - 21:54

      I think so! Just approach them in their opening hours, but of course it would be easier if you also try to use their language, especially if you are based in less urban area – it worth a try to make friends through animal companions 🙂

      Comment by Shuen created 08/11/2017 - 12:31

      It shall be extra work for them I guess, so it would be very cool when you are more comfortable in their local language! You can take this as a motivation for your language learning!

      Comment by Shih-Hsuan Yu created 18/01/2018 - 23:31

    Hi i just moved a month before i want to know if german is mandatory?

    Comment by Valida created 07/11/2017 - 22:04

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