Last Saturday, January 5th, Aanifeira was delighted to receive a group of 18 scouts from the Clã 20 Agrupamento 465 Sto. Ovideo, located in Vila Nova de Gaia (next to Porto) for a day of volunteering in animal welfare at the shelter.
The group arrived at 09h30 where they were greeted by staff, given a briefing and taken on a tour of the shelter. Following this the group was divided into two with some working with our shelter dogs and others helping in cleaning and feeding the cats in the cattery.
Those working with dogs were divided in two groups (one for each corridor) and allowed to let the dogs off in sequence, box by box, into the open air parks. It was easy to see that the animals were absolutely ecstatic to get out and run around and that the volunteer scouts were just as happy to have an opportunity in dealing with dogs in this type of situation. The dogs were showered with pats and cuddles following which they were carefully returned to their boxes when their session came to an end.
The cat group worked in the new cattery helping to clean boxes and with feeding and watering. The cats were all given an opportunity individually or in small groups to play in the cats’ playroom under the supervision of the volunteer scouts. At lunchtime the scouts grouped together for a picnic in the woods close by to the shelter returning after lunch to continue their work. Their afternoon was filled with some, walking dogs in the street, whilst others played with the cats in the cattery.
Their day closed at around 16h00 when a group photo was taken and each was presented with a Certificate of Participation. We were extremely grateful to have this group of young people from Clã 20 Agrupamento 465 Sto. Ovideo, Vila Nova de Gaia, to come and share their day with us as volunteers at the shelter and we hope that we have been able to help in giving them an understanding on the importance of animal welfare in today’s world.