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March 27, 2021 10:01 am

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Committee for public relations and youth policy of the city of Moscow

The action was attended by students from Moscow schools, colleges and other educational institutions. They were helped by parents and teachers.

The action “Feed a friend” was held in Moscow, organized by the resource center “Mosvolonter”. As a result, the students of educational institutions of the capital, together with their parents and teachers, collected more than 800 kilograms of food, about 1,500 units of medicines, over 300 toys, accessories and other necessary items for homeless animals from the Domashny shelter. Today more than 700 dogs and 100 cats live in it.

Schools, colleges and institutions of additional education from all over Moscow joined the help marathon. Among them are the Vostochny Palace of Children and Youth Creativity, the College of the Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics (MTUCI) and other educational institutions. On their territory, branded Mosvolonter boxes were installed with stylized signs indicating what the animals need. For example, from non-perishable food in the boxes, they left canned food, dry food, buckwheat, rice.

“The development of zoological volunteering is an important part of the culture of good deeds in the capital, and the attitude towards homeless animals is one of the reliable indicators of the level of humanism in society. The best way to learn humanity and mercy is within the walls of your native school, so the “Feed a friend” campaign started in the educational institutions of the city. So schoolchildren will be able to help and volunteer even when they go to lessons or in their free time at recess, ”she said.

Ekaterina Dragunova, Chairman of the Committee for Public Relations and Youth Policy of the city of Moscow.

After the end of the action, schoolchildren and their teachers can take everything collected for the animals to the shelter or bring it to the resource center, whose employees will transfer everything to Domashny.

The action “Feed a friend” in educational institutions of the capital is being held for the first time. She opens a series of spring volunteer visits to city animal shelters, where volunteers can help workers with animal socialization, play with dogs and cats, and treat them to treats. Volunteer teams of schools that took part in the good marathon will now be able to independently help in shelters.

How to become an animal volunteer

The easiest way to become a zoological volunteer is to call the shelter closest to your home. Employees themselves will tell you how you can support their wards. At the initial stage, specialists and experienced volunteers help newcomers: they teach how to communicate with animals and take care of them properly, answer questions.

In addition, those wishing to take care of four-legged friends can contact the Mosvolonter resource center. On the website, as well as on the pages of the center in social networks “In contact with”, “Instagram” and Facebookyou can find out about all the charity or events that are held to help animals.

The resource center will tell you how to develop zoological volunteering together with colleagues at work. Employees will familiarize themselves with the formats of assistance, as well as with non-profit organizations and foundations that need support.

Today, zoological volunteering is one of the most popular areas of volunteer activity, which is being developed by Mosvolonter. Volunteers of the capital actively support shelters for homeless animals and take part in charity events. Caring residents of the city bring food for cats and dogs and leave it in special boxes installed in the resource center, visit shelters and beautify their territories, communicate with animals.

In addition, they participate in activities to find a home and a loving family for four-legged animals. Volunteers help to attach the animals: they take pictures, post on social networks and on special resources.

In 2020, Mosvolonter, together with charitable foundations for helping animals, held a number of educational lectures and master classes for volunteers who want to become assistants in city shelters. In total last year, more than 130 volunteers visited shelters and donated over two tons of food, about a thousand diapers, blankets, sun beds, pillows, about 300 toys, 30 leashes, more than 40 collars and muzzles, as well as warm suits, combs and bowls for dogs and cats. Volunteers will always be welcome in the shelters of the Nika, Kotodetka, Paw of Friendship foundations, as well as in the Walk the Dog volunteer movement and others.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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