Before I started Project Advent, I asked my friends for suggestions of things that I could do, and one of them suggested Lubbock's Haven Animal Care Shelter. I was ready to brush off the suggestion, but then I realized that it was actually kind of perfect for this project. It's not something that I would usually do on my own, and it's a place that needs help. They are a donation-funded no-kill shelter for abused, neglected, abandoned, or ownerless animals.
The Haven has regular volunteer times on Saturdays from 9-5. I called last week to see if we needed to let them know when we'd be there, and they told me just to show up, so that's what Blake and I did this morning. Today was their annual photos with Santa event at PetSmart, where they send volunteers to that store to let people take photos of their pets with Santa. Because of that, there were fewer volunteers than usual at the actual shelter.
Blake and I walked into the office and introduced ourselves to Angela, the volunteer coordinator. After we'd signed in, she gave us some jobs. I would be making the rounds to the animal buildings and putting out food. This place doesn't look like much when you pull in, but here's a picture of it from above. All of those buildings are part of the Haven, and they all have animals that need feeding.
View Larger Map
You may notice that I said the feeding was my job, but I didn't say anything about what Blake did. His assignment was to help with socializing two new puppies, which is an official way of saying: PUPPY PLAYTIME!
The Haven is a really interesting and unique facility. They don't just house dogs and cats, but nearly any pet that needs shelter. I asked if they had room for our canine visitor, but they currently don't. Oh well. Merry Christmas, dogs.