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Who can earn these patches and pins?
Anyone who is concerned with the welfare of animals. This program is designed to be flexible for anyone and any group including Girl Scouts*, Boy Scouts, youth groups, families and individuals. Patches can be earned with multi-levels and are based on ability and time invested – not necessarily the age of the achiever. You can progress through the levels — Friend, Volunteer, Advocate — earning one patch per year or choose to do them in a series culminating in a larger service project. Those who choose to do so can complete all five areas of interest — Birds, Pets, Habitats, Sea Life, Endangered — and earn the Animal Welfare Service Patch. More experienced achievers can earn the Delegate pins.
This Animal Shelter Volunteer Patch is one of our “Volunteer” level patches. This level of our patch program provides an opportunity for achievers to join in to give their time to a service project. Program organizers can give these patches for recognition or they can be earned by completing requirements two to five below. There is no age suggestion for this part of the program. It is a good opportunity for parent/child volunteering, for progression from our “Friend” level patches, for troops of any level or for service minded individuals and groups.
The first requirement is an optional activity designed for an educational/recreational activity.
Can this patch be earned other ways?
Yes. Based on your geographic area and the ability of the achiever, other requirements may be more suitable. Use your own judgement for what is best for your group.
How much time does it take to earn this patch?
Generally, our Animal Shelter Volunteer Patch can be earned in three to four hours but consider making a regular commitment to volunteer.
Animal Shelter Volunteer Patch Program Suggested Requirements
Completing the Animal Shelter Drive Patch program is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Animal Shelter Volunteer Service Patch. Your animal shelter drive experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to volunteer. You can also opt to complete the Animal Shelter Drive Patch program requirements while you volunteer.
Learn about why you should volunteer at an animal shelter by completing this word search.
Requirement 2: Locate Local Animal Shelters
Without animal shelters we would have millions of stray animals roaming the streets in our country. Most would be hungry and sick. Without volunteers the shelters would not be able to care for all the animals they take in. Find a local animal shelter to volunteer your time.
Research Points to Consider:
- Are they in need of volunteers?
- What do they need help with?
- Are there age restrictions suitable for you/your group?
- Is the location suitable for commuting from your location?
- Is this on-going or one-time? Can you commit to the needs?
- Are there specific dates/times that will work for you/your group?
Requirement 3: Visit An Animal Shelter
- If applicable, make sure the hours are flexible.
- Do we need any special tools or training?
- Are there any supplies we should bring?
- Are there DIY projects we can make at our location to bring to the shelter? See ideas below.
Requirement 4: Volunteer Your Time at an Animal Shelter
Complete the agreed upon volunteer commitment.
Once you’ve earned this patch you may want to earn our Pet Advocate Service Patch.
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