IV Breakfast Rotary selects a humanitarian company for the annual Rotarians at Work Project
Imperial Valley, Calif. (KYMA) – Humane Society of Imperial County animals receive well-deserved love thanks to the Imperial Valley Breakfast Rotary Club and its decision to select the nonprofit as “Rotarians at Work” this year. .
On June 12, several members of the Imperial Club spent the day swimming and accompanying the hundred dogs who live at the shelter.
“Not only are people enjoying the sun, the fresh air and the exercise, but our furry friends too,” said Devon Apodaca, executive director of the Humane Society of Imperial County. “When animals can get outside for the sun and the much-needed exercise, it not only makes them happy and healthy, but it helps them find their ‘furever’ home much faster.”
Due to the pandemic, the dogs were isolated and the nonprofit’s visit provided much needed socialization, Apodaca said.
And if the animals were able to benefit from it, the volunteers too. “Pets have been shown to provide physiological and psychological benefits to humans. Pets can help lower blood pressure, help increase physical activity, decrease rates of depression, stress and anxiety, decrease feelings of loneliness, increase self-esteem and most importantly – they show us unconditional love and support, ”said Apodaca.
New club president Peggy Price hopes other Rotarians and service clubs will look to the Humane Society for projects to support the animals and staff who care for the many dogs and cats every day.
“There was no doubt that this was a worthy project for Rotarians at work. It was heartwarming to give our attention to dogs,” said Price. “Devon and her team made it easy for us to help with the swim and enrichment activities.”
The Rotarians at Work project started in 2006 with two clubs and has grown to a global event.