Volunteer Tasks

Our volunteer tasks are described below, including locations, schedules, and requirements. There are daily volunteer opportunities at the Admission (Holding) Center and Pet Adoption Center.

To begin volunteering, you must first attend the New Volunteer Orientation. Depending on which tasks you choose, additional training may be required.

Cat/Kitten tasks

Cat Butlers (both locations)
Clean cat rooms at Admission Center or Pet Adoption Center (adoption area, Grooming room, or Treatment room). In the morning, clean kennels, scoop litter boxes, replenish water and linens, sweep cubbies and floors, mop, and clean windows. In the afternoon/evening, scoop litter boxes and make sure fresh water is available.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible morning shifts (both locations) and evening shifts (Pet Adoption Center)
– Adult/Youth: depends on location
– Training required for Treatment room & Admission Center

Cat & Kitten Matchmakers (Pet Adoption Center)
Become knowledgeable about the pets and help potential adopters get to know them. Supervise visitors in the rooms and manage overcrowding or handling of anxious cats. If visitors are interested in adopting, direct them to Adoption Specialists. Scoop litter boxes and assist with cleaning as needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm), Monday (1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday-Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm)
– Adult/Youth 1:2 ratio
– Training for Cat Matchmaker required

Dog/Puppy tasks

Dog Butlers (Pet Adoption Center)
Take the dogs out into the play yards for exercise and potty breaks. Clean up after the dogs outside and inside. Focus on positive reinforcement.
– Schedule (daily): 7-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-5pm, 6-8pm, 8-9pm
– Adult/Youth 1:1 ratio  (Adult must handle dog)
– Training for Dog Butler & Dog Handling (plus shadow session) required

Dog Walkers (Admission Center)
Give extra attention and enrichment to the dogs by taking them out for walks or play time in the yards.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible shifts between 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
– Adult/Youth 1:1 (Adult must maintain control of the dog at all times)
– Training for Admission Center required

Kennel Keeper (Admission Center)
Clean puppy and dog kennels – set up clean kennel with fresh water, clean linens, and toys, move puppies and dogs to clean kennels.
– Schedule (daily): 9am-12pm
– Adults only
– Training for Admission Center required

Dog Matchmakers (Pet Adoption Center)
Become knowledgeable about the pets and help potential adopters get to know them. Supervise pet visits with potential adopters. If visitors are interested in adopting, direct them to Adoption Specialists. Assist with cleaning as needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm), Monday (1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday-Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3:30pm, 3:30-6pm)
– Adults only
– Training for Dog Matchmaker and Dog Handling (plus shadow session) required

Puppy Butlers (Pet Adoption Center)
Clean and sanitize the puppy tubs. Bend over short tub walls to pick up soiled newspaper, mop, provide water and food. This is an excellent task for Adult/Youth teams because the youth can entertain the puppies while the adult is cleaning the tubs.
– Schedule (daily): 8-10am and 7:30-9pm, plus an extra shift (11am-1pm) on Sundays and Mondays
– Adult/Youth 1:2 ratio

Puppy Matchmakers (Pet Adoption Center)
Become knowledgeable about the pets and help potential adopters get to know them. If visitors are interested in adopting, direct them to Adoption Specialists. Assist with cleaning as needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3pm, 3-5pm), Monday (1-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday-Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-6pm)
– Adult/Youth 1:2 ratio
– Training for Puppy Matchmaker required

Super Scrubbers (Pet Adoption Center)
Deep cleaning of dog bedrooms. Small groups welcome (up to 6 people).
– Schedule: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month (9-11am)
– Adult/Youth 1:1 ratio

Small Pets

Small Pets Butler (Pet Adoption Center)
Clean cages for rabbits and small pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Entertain, exercise and socialize the animals. Learn about the animals to promote them to visitors, and direct interested adopters to Adoption Specialists.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible morning and afternoon/evening shifts
– Adult/Youth 1:2 ratio
– Training for Small Pets Butler (plus shadow session) required

Other Opportunities

Administrative Assistance (both locations)
Help with various office needs such as envelope stuffing and data entry.

Events (locations vary)
Help with special events including the annual Dog Walk, Fur Ball, and other fundraising or promotional events.

Food Barrel (locations vary) – Volunteer needs currently filled

General (both locations)
Assist staff with priority tasks.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible 1-3 hour shifts
– Adult/Youth: 1:2 ratio

Laundry (both locations)
Requires handling soiled items. Wash, dry, and fold blankets and towels and wash toys following posted instructions.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible 1-3 hour shifts
– Adult/Youth: 1:2 ratio

Meds (both locations)
Give daily medications to the dogs and cats. Prior experience preferred.
– Schedule (daily): Flexible morning and evening shifts at Pet Adoption Center; morning and afternoon shifts at Admission Center.
– Adults only
– Training required (by appointment)

Photo Assistant (Pet Adoption Center)
Assist staff with taking photos of our adoptable cats. (Weekend mornings)

Recycling (both locations)
Load cardboard and other recyclables in your vehicle and take to a recycling location (unscheduled task; do anytime you’re here).

Transport (locations vary)
Transporting animals to vet appointments or delivering supplies to various locations. SUVs or other large vehicles recommended.

Voice Mail Retrieval – Volunteer needs currently filled