Helping out at the Otago SPCA yesterday is Ariana Paul (12, front) with (from left) Violet Ellis (16), Caitlin Deans (13) and Ashlee Young (13). Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin teenagers learnt yesterday how they can lend a hand
at the Otago SPCA.
Volunteering Otago youth co-ordinator Heather Moore said 14
teenagers, aged 13-17, started a week-long volunteering
programme at the animal shelter.
The teenagers were given a presentation about volunteering at
SPCA and then handled cats, dogs, rabbits and a duckling to
help build confidence in handling the animals, she said.
Volunteering activities for the rest of the week would
include working at the community gardens in Shetland St and
baking for the Presbyterian Support food bank.
The teenage volunteers would paint and clean at Riding for
the Disabled in Dunedin today.
The group had room for 30 volunteers, so more teenagers could
register, Miss Moore said.
Another week-long programme was open to 11- to 13-year-olds
next week, she said.
Volunteer Emily Christensen (15) said volunteers at the SPCA
had to be aged at least 16 and she would give some of her
time after her next birthday. She had had plenty of
experience caring for and cleaning up after her own pets, she