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Hands on with the Kennel Dogs

Our recent turnover of personnel in the adoptions kennel has emphasized our need for some additional people to help work directly with the kennel dogs.  I know there may be a few of you out there that have thought that you would like to do more with the dogs.  This may be your call to duty. We need a few people to volunteer to help with “turnouts” in the evenings at the kennel.

Once licensed, trained and approved, these special volunteers, two per team, would choose an evening (every Wednesday, every other Friday, whatever you settle on) and would be responsible for letting the kennel dogs go out to do their business for that evening.  Qualified volunteers must be 18 or over, physically fit, have reliable transportation and be highly dependable.  We would let you help with turnouts on the weekend days to get the feel for what they do if you are thinking of volunteering.  If you want to go further and come in for an evening shift or during regular daytime workdays, you absolutely must obtain an 1022 General Individual Occupational License from the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.  This license requires that you have a completely clean criminal record.  There is a fee and they will need copies of your fingerprints.  

Our kennel operations begin at 6 am in the morning and go until 2:30 pm.  Then we start again at 7 pm and take about 90 minutes to walk all the dogs before they go to bed until 6 am the next morning.  This, of course is seven days a week including holidays.  It is a lot of hours to cover with the three people the tracks provide us and our people are not allowed any overtime whatsoever.  If we could get a couple teams to handle one night a week each or a team or two that would come some mornings to help with dogs, mix food or wash carpets, it would be a big help.  

It is a lot to ask and it is a lot to do.  But if you have ever wanted the chance to really contribute to the well being of the dogs in the kennel this is for you.  If you have ever wanted to truly get to know the dogs and be a part of bringing them from the racing kennel mentality to the open and loving creatures we adopt out, we invite you to be a part of it.  If you want to make a huge difference in the life of a shy dog or if you want to hold the scared brood mom who finally relaxes on your lap, or see the boy who just surprised himself when the toy went ‘squeak’, this is for you.  Yes, you’ll pick up a lot of poop and clean water buckets.  You may be up to your elbows in dog food or helping to change bandages or give pills, but you’ll never, ever forget that you were there and that you truly made a difference for those dogs.  

So, if you think this might be something you want to do, either email me (Michelle) at fogdogs@comcast.net or call me (954-937-9663) or see myself or Chris at the kennel on the weekends (Sat & Sun, 10 to 3).  It will be the toughest job you ever loved.