Beginning this summer (2017), AWL is offering internships to students 17 years and older to walk dogs at the shelter 2-3 times a week (preferably in the afternoons). We are providing stipends of $1000 to be paid upon completion of 60 hours of dog walking from funds that I am donating. The students must complete the same training and supervised sessions that all volunteers go through. We hope these internships provide an opportunity for the students to learn more about dog behavior and how an animal shelter operates (plus the various ethical and health issues involved). We also hope that the students will address the shortage of dog walkers we have in the summer time when many of our regular volunteers (myself included) are away. On a more personal note, I hope that students will experience the joy and satisfaction of spending time with the dogs that I do, even while dealing with the sweltering heat and humidity of summer afternoons in Florida!
If you know any students who might be interested in an internship, please have them contact Diana Mitchell, our development manager.
Internships are funded by Greg Kearsley, a retired university professor who has been a volunteer dog walker at AWL for more than 7 years.