Volunteers play an important role by augmenting the staff at Animal Services and providing animals with extra care, companionship and training. Clean, calm, well-socialized animals have the best chance of getting adopted, and volunteers help by acting as exercisers and animal attendants. We also have volunteers who assist visitors, make appointments in our clinics, help reunite pets and owners and explain local animal control laws. All these jobs help us meet our goals for animal welfare and community protection. Please Note: We have a minimum age requirement of 16 years old for volunteering even if accompanied by an adult.
Volunteer Positions with Animal Services
Take dogs to the play yard for socializing and exercise;
Take dogs on leash for 15-20 minute walk;
Train dogs to respond to basic commands.
Take cats from their cages to the play areas for socializing;
Groom and give affection to the cats and kittens;
Assist potential adopters in meeting the right cat for their home.
Take rabbits out of their hutches and exercise them in the play area;
Give affection and groom rabbits and help socialize them.
Answer questions from the public on the phone and in person, and provide assistance with shelter services and customer support;
Schedule appointments for Spay and Neuter Clinic;
Make pre-surgical reminder calls;
Assist with discharge of animals from the clinic;
Take lost and found animal reports.
Take animals into their homes temporarily to give them special care until they are adoptable. For example, an individual might take home three newborn kittens or a puppy to raise until they are eight weeks old when they can be made available for adoption
Fostered animals have a greater chance of adoption because they have been well socialized by the volunteer at home;
Foster volunteers need to be at home for much of the day.
Special Projects Volunteer:
Volunteers who can not work a regular shift at the Shelter may wish to use their talents for various projects
Talents that are always in demand are photography, graphics and design, promotional and writing skills, brochure distribution and assisting at Special Events.
Dog, Cat, and Rabbit Attendants are scheduled for two-hour shifts once a week. Office Assistants customarily work three-hour shifts each week. We ask for a minimum of a six-month commitment.
Due to the high volume of applicants, we apologize for the long response time. We do keep a waiting list (in the order of e-mails received) for those who wish to volunteer. Applicants with animal handling experience are preferred.