|SHELTER VOLUNTEER - FOR PERSONS 18 AND OLDER: The shelter houses approximately 30-35 dogs and is open from 9:00a.m.to noon seven days a week regardless of weather conditions. Each day, required medications are given, appropriate dogs are let out for free-time, and then the other dogs are let out to play. A minimum of three volunteers is necessary before all dogs are allowed out of their runs. One person usually works in the kitchen to wash dog food bowls, prepare noon meals and answer the phone. The remaining volunteers police the grounds inside the shelter and the dogs' runs for waste. Next, they sweep the concrete floors and put fresh buckets of water inside each run. As time allows, dogs are walked outside, brushed and loved on. Dogs are returned to their runs around 11:30 a.m. and food bowls are provided. For the first couple of days, new volunteers will be paired with an experienced volunteer to learn the shelter routine and the dogs' personalities.
SHOW AND TELL: On a regular basis, several local businesses (i.e., PetSmart, Wal-Mart, PetCo), allow us to show our dogs, tell who we are, what we do, and educate the public about the welfare and care of canines. We participate in various Peninsular events and also plan and conduct our own events. For each business, a table is used to display handouts, literature, posters, donation jars and when appropriate, we sell printed AAS T-shirts/sweatshirts and other dog related items. Volunteer participation is sheduled by shifts and a minimum of two volunteers is required for each shift. Activities that permit a dog to be present must include a volunteer familiar with the dogs. An experienced volunteer will always accompany a new volunteer.
FUNDRAISING: Throughout the year, various fundraising projects are initiated. Most of these projects (i.e., making dog bandanas, dog gift baskets, etc.), can be done in the home using supplies that are donated or purchased. Donation jars are placed in many shops, businesses and vet's offices and require a volunteer to make a monthly pickup of the monies. A silent auction is held in the fall, and volunteers are needed to price donated items and help out on the day of the auction. We take part in other special events (i.e., taking Christmas photos), for which funds are received for our participation. Raising funds is necessary to keep our shelter operational and your time and ideas are most welcome!
DOG WALKING POLICY: DOG WALKING POLICY: A waiver is signed each day you come to walk a dog. This releases us of any liability should you get scratched, injured, or have clothing soiled as a result of walking a shelter dog. A volunteer will bring the dog to you and also return the dog to its kennel at the conclusion of the walk. Dog walkers are not permitted to come inside the compound to get a dog. Do not attempt to walk your dog close to another dog that is out walking as some of the dogs do not get along with each other. You may walk around the shelter grounds or sit in the park area to visit with your furry friend. Thank you for your cooperation with our safety procedures.
Persons under the age of 18 years are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. The parent or guardian is required to supervise the walk and remain on the premises for the duration of the visit.
Persons under the age of 16 years cannot walk a dog by themselves; if the parent or guardian wishes to have a second leash attached to the dog for the young child to walk together this is permissible.
SHELTER MAINTENANCE: This is the time set aside to accomplish mowing and trimming grass, weeding flower beds and graves, as well as doing other general clean up and repairs, both inside and out. This work must be done in order to maintain a healthy home for our dogs and attract visitors and prospective adopters. Lots of "hands" in a few hours can accomplish a lot! We usually do maintenance on Thursday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. weather permitting.
Note: Some volunteer activities will require a safety orientation before you begin. You will be notified if this is required.
Everyone has special talents, hobbies and ideas, and the Animal Aid Society would be pleased to have you share them with us. A Volunteer Coordinator will call and discuss your availability for the areas you have selected.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out form on page 2.