• Ben Banbury

Why Your Mental Health & Waistline Will Thank You For Becoming an RSPCA Volunteer




For those of you that have been following me for a while on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll have seen that I help out at my local RSPCA centre, Mount Noddy


When I say “help” I mean I walk the dogs and stroke the cats (it’s a tough life)


It’s amazed me how many people have contacted me through my social media platforms asking how they can get involved and what they need to do


So I’ve decided to write a quick post highlighting why you should get involved, the amazing benefits of dog walking and how you can get started


Why You Should Get Involved


If you’re currently not exercising or you’re looking for a place to start, this may be the perfect solution


Walking is the simplest way to get into exercise


It doesn’t require a pricey gym membership or a personal trainer. It only requires a pair of shoes, and those are optional


To lose weight all you need to do is burn more energy than you eat in a day. Your body then turns to fat stores as energy and you start getting leaner. Simple


You see, most people don’t need a gym membership, they just need to move more on a daily basis


Ben’s Fix: Walking


Why You Should Volunteer


For those of you that are currently on an exercise plan, there are other benefits than just exercising


The mental benefits are unbelievable!


People who regularly dog walk will;


  • Feel less stressed

  • Have reduced blood pressure

  • Feel happier and less moody

  • Feel less anxious

  • Have lower rates of depression

  • Have a higher self-esteem


I’ve personally found that I have a clearer head and feel more refreshed when I’ve been out walking the dogs. It also gives me a much-needed break from my computer screen now I’m an office jockey


So even if you’re already fit,  healthy and at your desired weight, you can still benefit the amazing results of getting out in the countryside with a loving dog by your side


Plus you’ll be helping an amazing cause! 


I haven’t even mentioned how you’d be helping out the rescue centre


For the animals to be rehomed they need social interaction from humans, and of course, the dogs need to be exercised frequently


So every time you turn up and do your bit you’re helping the animal socialise with humans, helping the amazing staff out and increasing the chances the animals will get rehomed


How To Get Involved


It’s easy. Contact your local RSPCA Centre or other rescue centre and explain that you’re interested in helping walk the dogs and stroke the cats – they’ll book you in for an induction

and you’re away


After you’re inducted you can turn up whenever you want. It’s so easy


I will warn you though, you will fall in love with every cat and dog you meet!


Thank’s for taking the time to read, if you have any questions (even though I don’t have all the answers) I’ll try my best – Contact me


Ben


Here are some pictures I’ve collected since volunteering;




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