I just got home a short time ago from my orientation as a volunteer for Best Friends Atlanta, an organization that serves as a shelter and an adoption center for dogs and cats in Metro Atlanta. The organization has centers here, as well as in New York City, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Their goal is to “save them all” and create a world in which there are no more homeless pets.
The first time I learned about Best Friends last fall when they began bringing pets needing homes to the television station I was working for at the time. Visits like this are a staple of daytime and morning newscasts. What intrigued me at the time was how much everyone working in the newsroom loved seeing the dogs.
I had already decided to do volunteer work a few weeks ago, in part to get myself up and out of my apartment and in part because I’d made a promise to myself to live the life I want to live. I want to give of my time and my experience. I was literally about to sign up to volunteer at the Atlanta Humane Society when my dear friend Kysha Reid told me that Best Friends was in need of help.
Last week, I signed up via the volunteer portal on their website. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session, which is what I went through today. Now, I’m able to sign up for shifts doing a variety of jobs anytime I’m available. These range from walking the dogs to helping to care for the cats.
The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Atlanta is at 4874 South Atlanta Road (30339). They’re open seven days a week from noon to 7pm. If you need directions, please don’t rely on Google Maps, which hasn’t gotten this particular address right. It’s easy to find by taking the South Atlanta Road exit from I-285 and heading east into town. The Center is just a short way down the road toward’s Atlanta itself.