Today was my first day of volunteering at The Ark, a local no-kill animal shelter. It was interesting. My knees, legs, and back hurt because I kept having to sit on the floor to hold the kittens and cats. I was assigned to play with the cats and kittens all day, which is a pretty easy job. I had to help socialize two kittens. One of them, a pretty grey and white kitten, I was able to play with and help get it to where it would come curl up in your lap. The other, a pretty yellow kitten, was still very shy by the end of the day. The grey one, along with most of the other cats that were at the shelter, got adopted.
At the end of the day, I found out that one of the cats that I had been playing with had ringworm. I knew something was wrong with her ear and that she was having to have some medication given to her, but no one told me that she had ringworm. So, when I got home a little while ago, I went straight to the bathroom to take a shower and my clothes that I had worn to the shelter are being washed as I type this up. Of course, I have nervous itching now. I’ll probably itch until I forget about the ringworm.
So, why am I volunteering? Well, I have to get in 50 hours of volunteer time by the middle of March in order to pass my Social Work class. Of that 50, 20 has to be done before the 27th of January…not a lot of time. I did 5 hours today, and I plan on going back next Tuesday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday. That should give me 19 hours. I hope I’m able to get the other hour in somewhere along the way. I know I can’t volunteer the next Tuesday because of an appointment I have at the Mental Health Center. I don’t know if she’d give partial credit (the 20 hours is worth 75 points) if I only got in 19 hours. Maybe I won’t have to find out.