One of the most important things when dealing with anxiety, depression, or general stress is to have something that you look forward to. Spending time with animals can be a great way to feel better while also making a difference.
Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society offers opportunities to socialize cats and dogs.
If you’re a cat lover, you can get involved in their cat behavior program. They have a special room for kitties to play in. You can pet them, play with them, read to them, or just cuddle.
Asheville Humane Society also has the Urban Tails program, which allows you to take dogs out for outings, such as walks, hikes, or playing in the park.
If you’re between 10-18 years old, you need a parent to supervise. Those 18 years and older can volunteer independently. For more information on how to get started, you can visit https://www.ashevillehumane.org/
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Brother Wolf Animal Rescues offers ways to work with animals all over Asheville!
There are many different ways to work with kitties. You can socialize cats at an adoption center, or join their PetSmart and Petco Cat Care Teams to help the kitties waiting to be adopted at stores. You can also join their Community Cats program to help feral cats.
Brother Wolf also has many opportunities to work with dogs. At the adoption center, you can help care for and actually train dogs awaiting adoption. If you want to get some fresh air, the Outward Hounds Hiking Club takes dogs for hikes around town.
Brother Wolf requires all volunteers under 18 to have a parent with them. You can find out more at https://www.bwar.org/
If you live outside of the Asheville area, you can check with your local shelters and see what dog and cat socialization programs they offer.
These cuddly friends can lift your spirits and provide nonjudgmental comfort and pure love. If you don’t already have a pet, one of these programs may be right for you!