Helping Hands + Helping Paws at Central Library 

Do you dream of spending your spare time with wiggly puppy bottoms or scritchy-scratchy kitten tongues? We are here to tell you there are avenues you can pursue.

On Tuesday, Memphis Animals Services and the Memphis Public Library are teaming up to host the Helping Hands + Helping Paws Volunteer & Support Fair at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The event is designed to hook up the volunteer with the perfect volunteer opportunity.

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"There are a lot of adoption events, which is great," says Katie Pemberton of Memphis Animal Services. "Not everyone is looking to adopt. Where does that leave you?" There are plenty of groups that can use a spare pair of hands, says Pemberton. Spay & Neuter groups, rescue organizations, trap-neuter-return groups, etc. You can help deliver straw to make animals more comfortable. You can foster. You can stuff envelopes. Make phone calls. Snuggle.

Among the participating dozen or so groups are SOAR Doggy Rescue, Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue, Mid-South Therapy Dogs, and Spay Memphis.

"This is about advocating for the animals," says Pemberton.

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