The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is looking for volunteers to snuggle dogs. Yes, you read that right.
The main task of pet snugglers is to cuddle dogs that just got out of surgery. Most of the dogs who need this treatment just got spayed or neutered, and cuddling with humans helps them feel better.
“It’s very soothing for me, it’s very soothing for them,” expert dog snuggler Jeff Honig told WFTS. “It’s just a great experience.”
Honig, a retired police deputy, volunteers 10 hours a week at the shelter. “This is my dog fix,” he says. “I have four cats at home. I travel a lot. So here, I get to hang with them.”
According to the station, the winter and spring months are particularly hard for Tampa Bay area animal shelters because student volunteers return to school.
The Humane Society’s Liz McCoy says the number of volunteers at the shelter ebbs and flows. Whatever time a volunteer can manage is greatly appreciated by humans and animals alike.
“It makes me emotional just thinking about it,” McCoy says. “Nothing happy brings animals through our doors. So when volunteers come in to make things better, it’s just a moving thing to be a part of.”
For more information about volunteering at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, visit HumaneSocietyTampa.org.