I guess it should come as no surprise that volunteers often get burned out. I am no exception. I've been volunteering at my local shelter for going on two years, and I've had to take a break. Between keeping up with my other obligations and working overtime at work, I just haven't felt like dealing with the sweat and the smells at the shelter.
I used to help out at adoption events, which I loved. Seeing people bond with the shelter dogs was very rewarding, especially when I got to see them go home. Since those events have been put on hold, it's just the same, day in and day out. The smell, the heat, the crowded shelter, and the constant influx of animals while more and more are being produced by irresponsibly owned pets gets to be too much.
I see why the turnover rate for workers is high. It's often more depressing the anything else.
So what can be changed? Do we all just keep on keeping on and hope for the best? Fake it 'til you make it?
Honestly, that really is what you have to do. Real change takes time, and there's no doubt you'll feel overwhelmed along the way. Nothing wrong with taking break in the meantime!!
I'm going to try to go in today and catch up on cat photos. It'd be great if I could find the charger for my batteries, but I'll make do...
Keep calm and volunteer on.