ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Angels of Assisi is currently in search of additional volunteers to help with its Dog Ambassador Program.
This role is key to helping dogs with behavioral issues get adopted. Each person who enrolls in the program is assigned with an appropriate dog and works towards socializing the dog over a period of a few weeks.
“It is so amazing seeing the progress especially with animals that are really shut down and scared and come from really rough situations. It’s very small steps but even just eye contact and having that be the first step for a Dog Ambassador it’s so rewarding.”Eva Berton – Adoption Coordinator – Angels of Assisi
At Angels of Assisi, several of the animals from recent rescues have not had much previous human interaction and additional volunteers are needed with these animals.
“Everyone goes through our Fear Free Shelter program, that all of our staff got certified with it and did all the modules for it. Just so that they’re on the same page of the kind of training that we want to continue and just how to work with scared animals in a shelter environment.”Eva Berton – Adoption Coordinator – Angels of Assisi
Angels of Assisi asks that volunteers for this program be available at least every other day to work with their dog as much as possible.
“They can work very consistently with that specific animal and hopefully get them into a perfect home.”Eva Berton – Adoption Coordinator – Angels of Assisi
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