Policy & Orientation
HSSC volunteers improve the quality of life for the animals in our care, increase our animals’ chances to be adopted by helping these pets become more socialized and friendly, assist staff in keeping our shelter clean and operating efficiently, and help promote shelter programs and services in the community.
- All volunteers must complete Volunteer Orientation training prior to becoming actively involved in our shelter activities and with our shelter animals. Volunteer orientation sessions are held at the shelter the first Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and the third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. Volunteer orientation sessions are approximately 90 minutes from beginning through question and answer.
- Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The adult accompanying the youth must handle the animals at all times.
- Volunteer groups representing churches, schools, scout troops or civic groups are most welcome. While we prefer each volunteer under age 16 be accompanied by an adult volunteer, a raio of no more than two (2) youth to one (1) adult is required.
Shelter Helpers sort and organize donations such as pet food, toys, and newspapers; wash, dry, fold and store towels, blankets and other laundry items; provide companionship and assist with socializing the animals and help keep the shelter clean and tidy.
Dog Walkers provide structured exercise and attention to the shelter dogs to promote good physical and mental health for the pets.
Kennel Care Volunteers assist staff in maintaining a healthy environment for the animals by cleaning and sanitizing kennels, crates and cages.
Greeters accompany the shelter Education Director on “Out and About” activities and presentations at schools, libraries, senior centers, retail stores, and other locations in the community.
Office Assistants provide support with general office duties, such as filing or answering phones and complete special projects as needed.
Community Awareness and Development Associates help the Shelter Development Manager plan and coordinate special events that raise much needed funds for animal care, comfort and shelter.
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