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By Meghan Overdeep
February 25, 2019
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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is looking for volunteers to snuggle dogs.

Yes, you read that right.

The Florida animal shelter is in need of canine-loving humans to comfort and cuddle pups while they recover from surgery—usually spays and neuters.

"It's very soothing for me, it's very soothing for them," expert dog snuggler Jeff Honig told WFTS. "It's just a great experience."

According to the station, the winter and spring months are particularly hard for Tampa Bay area animal shelters because student volunteers return to school.

Honig, a retired police deputy, volunteers 10 hours a week at the shelter. "This is my dog fix," he says. "I have four cats at home. I travel a lot. So here, I get to hang with them."

Whatever time a volunteer can spare is greatly appreciated—by humans and animals alike, Humane Society's volunteer manager Liz McCoy told WFTS.

"It makes me emotional just thinking about it," told the station. "Nothing happy brings animals through our doors. So, when volunteers come in to make things better, it's just a moving thing to be a part of."

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For more information about volunteering at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, visit HumaneSocietyTampa.org.