Several weeks ago I signed up to volunteer with Pawsitive Shelter Photography at Orange County Animal Services (OCAS). Each Sunday and Wednesday a team of 4 – 5 people volunteer their time to take pictures of the dogs at OCAS in hopes of helping them find their forever family faster. The team includes a photographer, photographer assistant and several folks to wrangle the dogs. Today was my first day to volunteer and I was a dog wrangler. I really enjoyed interacting with the different dogs and meeting other members of the team. The photographer and assistant are setup in an area in the shelter just inside the new play area. The wranglers are rotating the dogs in and out of the area for their photos. It is a very efficient way of getting the pictures done in a short amount of time. Pawsitive Shelter Photography is ALWAYS in need of volunteers and including photographers, dog wranglers, and photography assistants. You do need to participate in a volunteer orientation program through OCAS. However, there are no restrictions beyond completing the orientation.
What I really enjoy about this opportunity is that I feel like I’m really making a difference since the dogs at OCAS don’t have much time. At the same time, there are no requirements on the number of hours that you must volunteer. Paul and his wife Joan, who concepted and run Pawsitive Shelter Photography, are happy is you can volunteer once a month for a few hours. Of course, if you have more time, they are more than willing to put you to work! Here are a few pic I took today of one of the dogs and the new Dawn Brancheau Shelter Play Yard.