In any given Saturday morning, close to 20 teen volunteers can
be found pouring dry cat food into hundreds of plastic dishes at
the Uptown branch of the Tree House Humane Society.
Tree House, a nonprofit animal shelter devoted to the care and
placement of stray cats with physical and emotional needs, opens
its three-floor facility to youth volunteers intent on making a
The teens, however, are making the biggest difference in the
lives of the volunteers who are helping them empty the shelter's
hundreds of litter boxes.
For as long as Jenny Schlueter, Tree House's director of
development, can remember, the shelter has placed volunteers with
learning disabilities in programs with volunteers who do not have
The inclusion of learning-disabled volunteers in the program is
not only helping teens recognize the larger role they are playing
in each cat's life, but it is also helping them build a sense of
self-confidence that didn't exist before, says program manager
For more information on volunteering, e-mail Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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