Animal lovers who are faithful Phoenix readers will be reading this in time to imagine what it’s like in their pets’ heads, as the Freeport Community Library (10 Library Dr, Freeport) holds a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. Admission is free; kids under 11 require adult accompaniment. With animated dogs voiced by Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart, and with a PG rating, you can be sure that no stone will remain unturned as characters Max and Duke get territorial and unearth the deeper disdains in their love-hate relationship. Remember that Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt movie, What Women Want? This is like What Dogs Want.
However, if you already consider yourself somewhat of an expert in your pet’s mind, and you want to branch out into working with animals in need, try the Volunteer Orientation at Coastal Humane Society (30 Range Rd, Brunswick) on Wednesday the 4th at 4:00 p.m. CHS boasts a paid staff of 20 (including veterinarian Dr. Mandie Wehr) and over a hundred active volunteers.
If you join them, there are many opportunities available. Caring for animals, including feeding and exercising; staffing Coastal Humane Society events (see calendar at https://www.coastalhumanesociety.org/calendar/ ); helping with administrative functions; and transporting animals are some of them.
Don’t hesitate. Demand for volunteers is high, but so is interest, so get online and register at: https://coastalhumanesociety.wufoo.com/forms/m14m02bp1v3r4p4/
And remember, whether you choose to be entertained by animals or to go to work with them, you’re doing the right thing by bearing them in mind and thinking about how they feel. To speak for the voiceless is a beautiful thing.