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Want to help make a difference and change the lives of animals in our care?
Thanks for considering a volunteer experience at Animal Services. We are looking for dedicated and energetic individuals who are passionate about animals and their care.
|What are the volunteer opportunities?|
Oshawa Animal Services offers many exciting volunteer experiences such as:
Volunteering with Oshawa Animal Services is sure to be a fun, exciting and rewarding experience. At the same time, you will be contributing to the physical and emotional wellbeing of the animals in our care.
|How do I get involved?|
|Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and must complete the following steps:|
|Are there other ways I can help?|
Even if you are unable to volunteer onsite at Oshawa Animal Services, you can help in many other ways!
Want to help provide enrichment for the cats in our care that are waiting for adoption? Below are links to a few ideas for creating enrichment items at home that can be donated to our enrichment program or even fun for your own cats!
|Why is cat enrichment so important for the cats in our care?|
First, there's physical health. If the cat is active he/she has a greater chance of staying in better shape. His/her muscles get a good workout, his/her bones stay strong and he/she's more likely to develop a normal, healthy appetite. Now, let's look at the benefits you may not be aware of. A cat who has positive experiences usually has more confidence.
Fun, safe environment equals a happy, confident cat. Stressful or boring environment equals unhappy, stressed cat.
Since cats are sensory-driven, if a cat has no tension release, she may come up with one that isn't beneficial. A common anxiety-relieving behaviour is over-grooming. The cat may self-groom so much that bald spots appear. By providing outlets for energy release, the cat has something to do so he/she doesn't need to engage in destructive behaviours.
Studies have shown when a cat is hunting; a brain chemical (dopamine) is released that creates a feeling of eager anticipation. This release is initially triggered by the sound or scent of prey. Cats enjoy being in hunting mode. Dr. Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist at Washington State University is a researcher on this topic. He refers to this feeling as the Seeking Circuit. An analogy might be the way kids feel on Christmas morning before presents are opened!
When in the seeking circuit, it would make sense that the cat would be less anxious, depressed or bored. Opportunities to experience eager anticipation and exploration are important. Luckily for us, cats in our care can experience the seeking circuit through toys and playtime.
Happy cats equals less stressed cats equals more adoptable cats!