Ventura County Animal Shelter
By Nicholas Petchey
Some of the students of the Lighthouse School of Ojai went to the local animal shelter in Ojai to learn how to be Humane Shelter volunteers. We met with Amanda, the volunteer coordinator and learned about the different body language of cats and dogs. We learned how to tell when cats and dogs are feeling sad or angry or happy or even scared. Then we got a tour of the facility; we saw the kitten and cat rooms and met a cat named Cally. She was really cute! We saw the kennels where they keep the dogs that are ready to be adopted. They were really loud! After our training we had to wait a few weeks until we could go to the shelter to actually volunteer.
On the first day that we volunteered, we walked to the animal shelter from our school. First, we went to the kitten and cat rooms; the cats were a little scared of us and were not very playful. Then we went to the kennels and took out a dog named Jojo. She was really playful! We played with a few different dogs in the open kennels. Bella was my favorite because she was so playful! After we played with the dogs we walked back to school. I am having a really fun time volunteering at the animal shelter and am looking forward to volunteering more!
Anyone who is looking for a loving and awesome pet should go adopt from the Ventura County Humane Society!