GeoVisions Blog

Volunteer With Best Friends! Or Simply Strut Your Mutt

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Tue, Aug 31, 2010

After a long hiatus, I'm back.  What a summer.  Hot…that comes to mind first.  Hectic.  I just hadn't planned on being so busy.  I barely saw my kids.  And I've already been filling out my "dance card" for Winter 2010 and well into 2011 and that causes some pause.

So to get things rolling back on the GeoVisions Blog, I'm not writing about Voluntourism or GeoVisions in this first Blog post of the fall.  I'm going to point you to another site, actually.  All about reunions.

Everyone is marking the 5th Anniversary of Katrina.  Anderson Cooper 360 has actually been "keeping them honest" and having the previous administration's emergency response team talking about what they did wrong and what they would do differently today.  The interviews have been refreshing to see so many people own up to their mistakes.

IA boy reunited with his dog.'d never thought of reuniting family pets with owners and what an enormous job that would be.  Most of the volunteering we see in the Gulf consists of building and rebuilding homes, cleaning up, large construction, education and work with the hungry and homeless.  But when I saw the video over at Best Friends Animal Society, I was blown away.  I encourage you to watch their 6 minute video about how hundreds of volunteers showed up to reunite families with their pets who were left behind.  It will warm your heart and it will cause you to think differently about volunteering.

Best Friends logoPlease, first watch the short video that appears below, courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society.  Then if you're so moved, check out their organization using the link above.

Those of us doing this work sometimes forget to call attention to domestic organizations and the incredible work volunteers do in all walks of life.  This is me calling attention to Best Friends Animal Society and the incredible work they do to bring joy to people and animals.  It just doesn't get any better than that.  So enjoy the video:


If you volunteer with adoptable pets, or have stories to share, please use our Comments area below.  We can't wait to hear from you.

Tags: Volunteer Locally, Staying Involved, Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer Abroad And Help Save The Cheetah

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Mon, Nov 23, 2009

Baby CheetahAfter a year hiatus from wildlife conservation, GeoVisions is back with two really good projects involving Lions and Cheetahs.  We took a year to do a lot of investigating and risk management analysis and have come up with two very good projects.  We want to use this post to introduce you to our new Cheetah conservation project.

When was the Cheetah placed on the Endangered Species list?  Answer: June 2, 1970.  Watch Conservationist Jeff Corwan's new program airing on MSNBC this Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 a.m. ET and he'll talk about many animals only 100 heartbeats away from extinction, including the Cheetah.

What a unique opportunity to be very involved in Cheetah research and conservation.  This Cheetah project is located approximately 275 miles from Pretoria, South Africa.  The goal of the project is to create a safe environment for Cheetahs, Lions, and Leopards, as well as many other animals...but focus is on Cheetah research.  The project has established a new conservation reserve for all wildlife in the area and have started re-introducing Lions to the area after the success with the Cheetahs.  There are Leopard and Hyena research projects conducted here as well.

Volunteer with Cheetah.This is a very hands on project.

Volunteers are busy tracking, collaring and monitoring Cheetahs and other animals.  Volunteers are also involved in game capturing, management and relocation efforts.

Help is needed on vegetation management and general reserve management and maintenance, such as fence monitoring and poaching prevention.  If you are interested, there is a great community education involvement and awareness training that goes on and you can be involed if you like.

Tags: South Africa, Wildlife Conservation, Volunteering Abroad