Volunteer

Love Puppies and Kittens?

 

Then volunteering with People for Pets may be just the thing for you! Give us a call, we’d love your help taking care of the dogs and cats living at our shelter.

 

 

 

 

Who can volunteer? Everyone!  Volunteers under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  All volunteers will need to sign a waiver. Waivers must be signed by a parent if the volunteer is under the age of 18. We are requiring all volunteers attend a volunteer training before they are authorized to volunteer at the shelter. Please call us to schedule an appointment for one of the following sessions.

Volunteer training will be held the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM Please arrive early spaces are limited!

When can I volunteer?  You are welcome anytime the shelter is open!  We are open M-F from 10-5:30 but closed for lunch from 1:15-2:30.  Saturdays we are open from 10-2 PM. We do need to have all the dogs back in their kennels by 5 PM and 1:30 PM on Saturdays, so please plan accordingly.

What do I need to bring? Please dress according to weather but you must wear close-toed shoes (no flip flops, sandals, etc).  Bring a water bottle and snack with you if you think you might need it.

Dog volunteers:

Our greatest need with the dogs is for walkers!  The shelter dogs benefit so much from getting out to exercise and get some one on one time with people.  We ask that the dogs go out for at least 20 minutes each, though some of them may need longer (or shorter depending on weather).

Dogs also enjoy some good cuddle time!  Take the dog for a 20 minute walk and then come back to the shelter and hang out in the shade giving belly rubs, ear scratches, etc.  If you feel ambitious then grab some treats (we can provide them) and teach them to sit, lie down, shake, etc.

We occasionally get a dog or two that could benefit from a good brushing!  We have various doggie brushes to choose from and that will help increase their adoptability by making them look a little cuter.

 

Cat Volunteers:

Cats can’t go on walks (ours can’t at least) but they still need you!  Some of our cats remain at the shelter for a couple months before being adopted and they get very sad.  We need people to hang out in the cat room and love on the kitties.  Hold them, pet them, brush them, etc.  All of those things elevate their moods and keep them from becoming depressed.  We can’t stress enough how badly these cats need volunteers to love on them. You can help them find homes faster by keeping them happy, social and more appealing to potential adopters.

 

  • Educational Programs:

    Educational tours discussion for service and special needs groups
    including 4-H, Scouts, Behaviorally Challenged, and Community Service for Court System
    Radio and Television Programs on pet care/ and advertise pets for adoption
    Council and Guidance for new pet care
    Educational brochures
    Quarterly community meetings
    Community service program for Congressional Medal Program Junior High through Senior High
  • Adoption Outreach Programs:

    Television, Radio, and Newspaper Pets of the Week
    Monthly Newspaper Adopt-a-Pet Ad