Your help provides our homeless pets with exercise and socialization. All volunteers must be over 18 years of age, fill out a volunteer application, and participate in and pass our hands on orientation. Organizations or groups with more than three people- please call in advance to get more information. Please fill out your volunteer application, print, and bring with you. To sign up for your orientation class, you can call the office or sign up in person in the adoption center.
Please read over the following policies. All volunteers are bound to follow the policies put forward for your safety, the safety of others, and for the safety of our animals. If these policies are not followed we will dismiss you from the shelter. Please keep in mind these are shelter animals and some have been neglected, abused, or may not like other animals.
- Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Sunday during open walk in hours ONLY. Volunteers will not be accepted outside of volunteer hours unless scheduled in advance.
- There is a mandatory volunteer orientation training which you will need to sign up for. These sessions will go over how to handle the dogs and cats properly with staff members, selecting what dog/cat enrichment program you wish to participate in, and facility duties around the adoption center.
- Court ordered community service hours that need to be completed at non profit organizations can no longer be validated at our facility.
- You are responsible for your own hours. We don’t keep track of your time. We will sign any forms you need as proof that you were here. If you need a letter written, please give us 2 weeks notice.
- Please wear appropriate clothing when coming to the shelter. For safety reasons, please do not wear sandals, flip flops, skirts, or shirts that do not cover your back or stomach. If you are not wearing appropriate clothing you may be asked to leave or your volunteer privileges may be limited.
- No cell phone use while walking a dog, NONE. A walker must be alert to their surroundings at all times. This is reason for dismissal.
- There is no teasing of the animals, screaming, running or loud noises while in the kennels or cat room. This is for your safety and the safety of the animals. Violation of this is grounds for immediate dismissal.
- If you have a fear of dogs/cats, please rethink volunteering at this shelter. These are shelter animals that are not trained. If you are uncomfortable with the animals in the shelter please see a staff member and ask how you can help in other way at the shelter.
- When arriving for volunteering you must show your card proving you have completed the hands-on orientation. You can then get one of our passes and harness/leads. Before you leave the building with your dog or take a cat out to play, you must sign, date, and initial the exercise log. Be sure to sign the dog/cat back in with the time when you return.
- We have a limited number of volunteer passes available during open volunteer hours. If all volunteer passes have been signed out when you come in, that means we have all the volunteers we can safely have; you will have to come back another time. You can NOT volunteer unless you have a pass.
- Please remember adopters must come first. You cannot play with the puppies/kittens if people are looking to adopt them.
- When walking dogs, you may take them out into the field or on the greenway trails. The adoption greeting room is also available for use as long as it is not needed for adopters who are looking at potential new pets. You can take cats out into the adoption greeting room as long as it is not needed for adopters who are looking at potential new pets. You can also take them out in the cat area and keep them on your lap. Please do not let cats run loose in this area.
- When walking a dog on the trail and another dog is approaching, please shorten your leash and keep the dog on your right side. Please do not pick the dog up or stop and hug them. This gives the dog a message that there is a problem and the dog may try to protect them self or the walker. REMEMBER: these are shelter animals and some have been neglected, abused or may not like other animals. If you’re not comfortable to continue walking, just stand to the side in place.
- Always close kennel door when taking dog out or returning. Always close door coming into the kennel area. Do not assume that all dogs like other dogs. Assume they don’t like other dogs and keep them apart. Please keep them away from the kennel doors when walking them through the kennel area.
- Please help keep our adoption center neat and clean. Pick up after yourself and the animal you have taken out. Adopters are coming in throughout the day, so if you take out toys please put them back. If a dog or cat has an accident, please clean it up.
- We THANK YOU for all of your help and so do all of the dogs/cats that live here with us at One Love.