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Volunteering at an Animal Shelter is Therapeutic for Clients

With a focus on being an integral part of their community, staff members and clients at the Best Drug Rehabilitation treatment facility in Manistee, MI are always looking for ways to give back to those who are less fortunate. While they’re typically volunteering to help underprivileged families, they haven’t forgotten about their four-legged friends either. They spend time volunteering at an animal shelter every week.

Nothing is more peaceful and serene than spending time with our four-legged friends along with the joy you bring to them that you realize when playing with or taking them for a walk. Animals love any small bit of attention given to them, and they also show you how grateful they are by their wagging tails and many kisses. Who can’t feel better after spending time with these friends while volunteering at an animal shelter while at the same time improving their quality of life?

Volunteering at an Animal Shelter Touches BDR Clients’ Hearts

Every week, Best Drug Rehabilitation takes 5-10 patients to the Homeward Bound Animal Shelter to help clean the animals’ living areas, bathe the animals, feed them, and spend quality time with them, including taking them for walks. Out of all of their community service events, this one, in particular, has touched the hearts of many Best Drug Rehab clients.

Some BDR Clients Intend to Adopt Pets After Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

Several of our clients have already taken information from the shelter to adopt a pet once they’ve completed their recovery programs. “I love animals, and being able to spend a small part of my day making their lives better, makes mine better,” said one client who regularly attends. “Every animal deserves a loving home, and I’m just glad to be a part of helping them get there.”  The love of a pet may even help the client remain sober and in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction!

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View Comments (3)

  • How wonderful! Any kind of volunteering is such a rewarding feeling and the animals are so grateful and they love you no matter what. Adopting also sounds like a great ideal, which certainly raises the responsibility level of a person.

  • I live this. What a great idea to get the patients involved with helping someone or something else. It takes their mind off of what they are going through and has them concentrate on something else for awhile. Animals can be so therapeutic for so many people. It is so awesome that Best Drug Rehab has so many different programs for their patients to participate in. I can see how this would give them the best chance of recovery.

  • I love this article. I believe that animals are such a healing touch and can really make a difference in someone life. I love that fact that the Best Drug Rehabilitation takes people that are participating in their addiction recovery program. I think that can make all the difference in the world in someone life and recovery. I know what my dogs and cats have done for me, and I would strongly recommend someone to also choose a furry friend to help them with their recovery as well!

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