Volunteer FAQs

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

What do volunteers do?

Please refer to Volunteer Opportunities for more details and information.

Can I work in more than one service area?

Yes! You can work in as many different volunteer areas as you like. You must complete all necessary training before you begin working in multiple service areas.

I have court appointed community service hours. Can I fulfill my requirement at the shelter?

Applicants need to undergo orientation and training before they can begin working as a volunteer. This process often takes longer to complete than the hours required by most court appointed hours. For this reason, court appointed hours are considered to be too short-term to be appropriate for most volunteer positions.

Can I come in just to play with dogs or puppies?

For reasons of health and safety, only trained staff and volunteers are allowed to handle the dogs.

Can we bring friends and family members with us?

No, only people who are over the age of 18 and have been trained as volunteers in our program are allowed to participate. Volunteers may bring their friends and family members in for a tour of the facility but only in the public areas of the building.

My schedule is unpredictable and I can't guarantee my availability every week. Can I still help out?

Some volunteers positions require scheduled shifts weekly or monthly. Other positions are more flexible, like helping with offsite events and projects or transport animals when needed. Whatever your availability, there is a volunteer position to fit your schedule and interests.

Should I worry about taking an illness home to my pet?

Always be sure to wash your hands and change your clothes before handling any of your own animals. Also, be sure that your animals are current on their vaccinations. If you have further questions, you should talk with your own veterinarian.