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Helping our furry allies is a great way to make a difference in your local community. Many dogs and cats in the animal shelter lack enough attention and socialization to be able to be placed in a happy home. You can make a difference by walking the dogs and playing with the kitties! Help our future pets by giving them attention first!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email volunteer@eiu.edu.

Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center (P.E.T. Center)

P.E.T. Center creates a safe and educational atmosphere for people with physical and mental disabilities. Through therapeutic riding, the P.E.T. Center assists with engaging and enhancing their client’s potential. P.E.T. also serves individuals with ADD/ADHD as an alternative to drug therapy. 18146 E. Co. RD. 750 N., Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed during the months of April to November to assist with taking care of the horses and walking alongside riders. Please wear tennis shoes and blue jeans.

Contact Person: Penny, Executive Director
Telephone: 217-232-0022
Website: http://www.pethorse.org/index.html

Crosswinds Equine Rescue

Crosswinds is a non-profit rescue agency focused on offering rehabilitation to horses and ponies. Crosswinds is passionately dedicated to the safety and welfare of horses through rescue and education. Located south of Sidell, it is the mission of Crosswinds to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome at-risk horses. It is the goal of Crosswinds that through education to never have to rescue a horse again. This is a hands-on experience with rescued horses to help them rehabilitate and strive to healthier lives. 8182 E 200 North Road, Sidell IL 61876

Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with the horses doing a variety of activities including grooming, exercising, and general care. Every horse is handled and attended to. Volunteers with and without horse experience are welcome to participate. Please dress in old clothes and wear closed-toed shoes. Volunteers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

Contact Person: Mike
Telephone: 217-649-7915
Email: mike@cwer.org
Website: http://www.crosswindseqresq.org

New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue

New Rattitude, Inc., is an all-volunteer rescue group for Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes. We provide temporary living environments for abandoned, abused, neglected, sick, or unwanted Rat Terriers. In private foster homes, they are nurtured, socialized, trained, supported medically, and provided with professional veterinary care while we work diligently to find them new and permanent adoptive homes where they will be safe, loved, and properly and humanely cared for the rest of their lives.

Volunteers are needed in a wide variety of ways including: interviewing potential adoptors, gathering information on new dogs, public relations work, etc. Majority of volunteer work is done online or over the phone. You can volunteer anywhere from 30 minutes up to 5 hours a week! If you are interested, please fill out this online application: http://www.newrattitude.org/volapp.htm

**NOTE: This volunteer opportunity would not count for any type of class, sport, greek, or student standards credit.

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Email: inquiry@newrattitude.org
Website: http://www.newrattitude.org/index.htm.