Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at our shelter? Here are a few ways you can help.

  1. Dog Walkers and Cat Cuddlers: Being in an animal shelter can sometimes cause animals to become depressed and stressed. We need dedicated volunteers who are willing to come in and socialize with our orphans to help keep their spirits up. Walking dogs and cuddling cats allows these animals to stretch their legs and exercise while coming in contacting with human love and attention. Also, when time is spent with these orphans, the volunteers quickly learn the dog or cat's personality and special characteristics that could increase its chances at adoption.
  2. Cleaners: We are in need of dedicated volunteers who are willing to come into the shelter to help our staff clean the dog kennels and cat cages in the morning. If you are not interested in cleaning cages, then we also need volunteers to help do laundry and dishes. This may not be the most fun volunteer job, but doing cleaning is one of the best ways that a volunteer can help our orphans.
  3. Fundraising: Our shelter always accepts fundraising projects. One of the most common fundraising projects is doing a donation drive where you collect items from our wish list (see above). If you are interested in doing a donation drive, e-mail us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know so we can give you an updated list that states which items we are in desperate need of at that time. If you work somewhere that will allow us to hold a fundraising event (i.e. a bowling alley, a pizzeria/restaurant, etc) please let us know!
  4. Foster Care: We are looking for responsible, animal loving people who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to special needs orphans at our shelter. Animals that need to be in foster care may include sick cats/dogs, moms with litters of kittens/ puppies, orphan puppies/kittens that need to be bottle-fed, dogs/cats recovering from surgery, and/or animals that need further socialization. The amount of time that an animal spends in foster care will depend on the reason why the animal is in foster care to begin with. Foster parents must fill out a foster contract and will need to be approved by our kennel manager.
  5. Matchmaking: Matchmakers are oftentimes vital in finding an animal the right home. A matchmaker is responsible for helping customers and potential adopters find the best match for their family and lifestyle. (For example, a very high sprung dog may not be the best match for an elderly couple.) A matchmaker would do counseling with these potential adopters so that they are fully prepared to adopt an animal. Some of the responsibilities of matchmakers include knowing the animal's personality, having good people and communication skills, and knowing the shelter's adoption policies and procedures. Training to new matchmakers will be done by a staff member or senior volunteer.
  6. Pet Detectives: A pet detectives is in charge of going through our adoptable kennel and cattery with the lost animals books and will try to match animals with their potential owners so that they may be reunited. If an animal matches a description in our lost animal book, the potential owner is then contacted so that they can come in and see if it is really their animal. A pet detective should have an eye for detail and should also have good people and communication skills.
  7. Transporters: We are in need of people who are willing to transport dogs and cats to the vet's office or to special events via their own vehicles. Another time that a transport may be needed is if an animal is being transferred to another shelter/rescue group.
  8. Follow Up'ers: 'Follow-Up'ers' are in charge of making phone calls after an animal has been adopted to make sure the animal is doing well in its new home. If there are any adjustment issues, the follow-up'er should be able to give useful advice to new adopter to help the animals settle into their new home easier.

If any of these volunteer positions appeal to you, please print off and fill out our volunteer application or come into the shelter and fill one out. For more information on volunteering, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Donate

The shelter could always use monetary donations to help with the care and placement of our animals.  Anything you could spare would be greatly appreciated!