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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: SPRING 2013
Treat and Scoop/Spot Cleaning: Maintaining kennels throughout the day is vital for Shelter dogs and helps provide a pleasant environment for potential adopters. Volunteers are needed to “spot clean” dog kennels and then pet and pass out TLC and treats to dogs during open hours. The last shift of the day will also help staff with evening closing duties. Must complete Dog Enrichment training. Open Shifts: Daily Monday-Friday 1-3 pm, 3-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday 12-2, 2-4 and 4-6 p.m. *One shift per week or every other week is required.
Dog Kennel Clean and Enrichment: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for the health and wellbeing of Shelter dogs and helps support adoptions. Volunteers are needed to help keep clean kennels in the dog adoption areas. Must complete Dog Enrichment Training. Open Shifts: Monday – Friday 8-11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7:30 – 10 a.m. *One shift per week, or every other week, is required. Alternate weeks, volunteers will do Dog Enrichment and/or Doggercise instead on their scheduled cleaning day OR can do Dog Enrichment after cleaning shift is over on the same day.
Cat Kennel Clean and Socialize: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for Shelter cats and kittens’ health and well-being and helps support adoptions. Volunteers are needed to clean the cat adoption rooms and kennels for two hours and socialize after for one hour. Must complete Cat Socialization training. Open Shifts: Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8-11 a.m. *One shift per week or every other week is required.
PetSmart/Petco Cat Scoop and Socialize: Many cats and kittens are also adopted through the Shelter from offsite locations. Volunteers needed to spot clean kennels and socialize with cats and kittens housed at local PetSmart and Petco stores. Cat Socialization training is required, in addition to training with the Offsite Coordinator. Open Shifts: Days and times vary with some flexibility.* One shift per week is required.
Small Animal Clean and Socialize: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for an animal’s health and well-being and helps support adoptions. Volunteers who would like to work with combinations of small mammals, reptiles and/or birds are needed to clean enclosures in Critter Corner. After cleaning is over, volunteers can socialize with the types of animals they feel comfortable with. Open Shifts: Monday-Friday 9 -11:30 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8-10:30 a.m. *One shift per week or every other week is required.
Professional Dog and/or Cat Grooming: Professional groomers needed to provide grooming for Shelter animals to help make them more comfortable and adoptable. Must have professional training and experience. Open Shifts: Flexible to groomer’s availability, but ideally looking for a weekly or bi-monthly commitment. *The Shelter has a grooming area, tub, dryer, shampoo etc. but groomer must bring their own grooming tools.
Dog Enrichment: The Dog Enrichment program is designed to increase adoptability while helping dogs maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. Volunteers needed to exercise, socialize and provide basic training for adoptable Shelter dogs. Most work takes place outside in the dog adoption kennels and play yards. Spot cleaning is also required. Must complete Dog Enrichment Training. Open Shifts: Monday – Friday anytime between 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday anytime between 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. * One shift per week or every other week is preferred.
Doggercise: As a component of the Dog Enrichment program (see above), Doggercise is a volunteer-led group walk giving adoptable dogs exercise and training time on trails near the Shelter. Volunteers needed to walk dogs in groups during morning hours. Must complete Dog Enrichment Training. Open Shifts: Daily from 8:45-10:30 a.m. * One shift per week or every other week is preferred.
Cat Socialization: This program is designed to increase adoptability while helping felines maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. Volunteers needed to give adoptable cats and kittens time, attention and affection. Some spot cleaning is also required. Must complete Cat Socialization Training. Shifts: Monday – Friday between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00- 7:00 p.m. & Saturday- Sunday between 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. * One shift per week or every other week is preferred.
Lobby Ambassador: This greeter position works with Customer Care staff and is essential to the flow of the front lobby area. Friendly volunteers with excellent people skills needed to welcome patrons, answer questions and guide the public to the appropriate places in the Shelter. Must complete Lobby Ambassador-Kennel Guide training. Open Shifts: Monday and Thursday from 4-7 p.m., Saturday 12:30 -3 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 12:30 -3:00 p.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. * One shift per week or every other week is required. **Subs can help by filling at least two random shifts per month.
Kennel Guides: Kennel guides work with Customer Care staff, splitting time where needed most – between assisting the public in the front lobby and in the kennels, helping to show cats and/or dogs for adoptions. Friendly volunteers with excellent people and animal skills needed in this important role. Must complete Lobby Ambassador-Kennel Guide training as well as Cat Socialization and/or Dog Enrichment training. Open Shifts: Monday and Thursday from 4:30-7 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 12:30 -3 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. * One shift per week or every other week is required. **Subs can help by filling at least two random shifts per month.
Offsite Dog Handlers: Foothills Animal Shelter participates in numerous community events throughout the year. Friendly volunteers needed to transport adoptable dogs to and from the Shelter for special events and offsite adoptions. Requires the ability to handle dogs in a public setting and engage with the public in a positive and professional manner. Dog Enrichment Training and Offsite Event Training are required. Open Shifts: Offsite Dog Handlers are placed on a roster and given event dates and times to choose from on a regular basis. *The ability to help out on at least two shifts per month is preferred.
Laundry Volunteers: Taking care of thousands of animals makes for a lot of laundry! Volunteers needed to sort donations, operate the washer/dryer, fold and organize clean laundry. Open Shifts: Daily, 7-days per week, flexible 2-3 hour shifts during open hours. *One shift per week is preferred.
Foster Parents: Fostering is very rewarding and essential to animal rescue and adoption efforts at the Shelter. Loving volunteers needed to care for Shelter animals in their homes. Timeframe is generally 1-8 weeks at a time depending on the situation (medical issue, needing socialization, too young to be put up for adoption, etc.). Fosters are encouraged to take breaks in between fostering animals so the time commitment works on a rolling basis. Must have a set-up in home that is conducive for taking in Shelter animals and be able to give the animals up after the time they stay in the home. A home visit will be conducted before being approved for this position. Volunteers who work and have other pets in the home are eligible for fostering. Training and a selection of animals for the program will be provided by the Foster Care Manager. NOTE: Volunteers who only want to foster will still need to fill out both the General Volunteer Application and Foster Application and attend a New Volunteer Orientation.
At present all of our health care positions are full. However, if you are a vet tech, veterinarian or have nursing and/or health care background, you can apply and go on our waiting list for a health care placement. For your information, spay/neuter surgeries take place during daytime hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, and meds administration is mainly early morning on a daily basis. Perhaps there is another open position that may interest you at this time as well? Feel free to contact us to discuss future opportunities in health care. We appreciate your interest.
SERVICE PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE INFORMATION:
Service Projects: Are you a business or community group looking for a one-day service project or to hold a collection drive? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 720.407.5216 for details.
Community Service and Court-Ordered Requirements: Are you looking for community service or are you in the Community Works Program? Please contact our Special Services Lead staff at 720.407.5214 for details. If approved, please note you will not be working directly with the animals.
QUESTIONS? If you still have questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 720-407-5219.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING FOR FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER!