Previous professional animal and/or infectious disease handling background is valuable, but absolutely not required.
1. Assist shelter staff fulfill the organization’s mission & provide for the welfare and care of animals in its charge2. Assist shelter staff in ensuring facility is maintained in a sanitary & safe fashion to protect the health of animals, staff, other volunteers & visitors3. Follow established standard operating procedures in providing basic animal care including cleaning & sanitizing of animals’ enclosures & items used by animals4. Report signs of disease, injury and abnormal behavior to shelter staff5. Follow shelter staff’s established guidelines in providing exercise, enrichment & socialization to shelter animals6. Work respectfully & cooperatively with shelter staff and fellow volunteers to fulfill all assigned tasks
Days Available: 7 days a weekHours Available: From 8:30am to 11:00am, 1pm to 3pm and/or 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Machines, tools or other equipment that may be used:Cleaning & sanitizing equipment including but not limited to non-hazardous and hazardous detergents & disinfectants, scrub brushes, hoses, brooms & utility sinks. Potential exposure to infectious and zoonotic disease, injuries including but not limited to animal bites and scratches. Training is provided & procedures must always be followed to decrease these risks.
Skills you will acquire or improve while volunteering:Animal handling, disease control, facility maintenance, teamwork & leadership skills.
Physical activities involved: (all are not required) Lifting up to 20 pounds, Standing for periods of one hour or more, Frequent crouching or bending at the knees, Handling of animals weighing up to 100 pounds, Potential exposure to noxious or irritating fumes & smells, Frequent use of hands, wrists & arms in cleaning & animal handling
If you haven't already, please submit a volunteer application.
Our age requirements are as follows: Volunteers must be 16 years and older. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a written release of a parent. Access the form at www.whitmanpets.org/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-resources.html or pick up a form at the shelter.
Once you've completed the application you will need to attend a training session. Before you attend a training session, please review the Orientation Packet and WCHS Cleaning Procedures.
Our training shifts are held every Sunday from 9-11 am, 1-3 pm, OR 3:30-5:30 pm. If you are unavailable on Sunday, you can sign up for a weekday morning shift 8:30-11. You do not need to attend every training shift, just the shift that best fits your schedule. These shifts are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please call us at 509.332.3422 to schedule your shift (Due to space/availability, we cannot accommodate "walk-ins" for training shifts). These shifts will include a tour of the shelter and an introduction to our staff and shelter pets. Once you have completed your training shift you can start signing up for volunteer shifts.**If you are under 18, WCHS must obtain the written release of a parent BEFORE you can complete a training shift.
WCHS is also currently seeking dedicated (aged 18-year-old or over) dog walkers who love the outdoors to provide much-needed enrichment to our shelter dogs. During extremely poor weather, volunteers can spend time inside the dogs' enclosures playing with toys and providing gentle handling and quiet time. After you attend the "general" orientation please let a staff member know if you're interested in dog walking and socialization; this volunteer opportunity requires an additional orientation, which we hold on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of every month at 2:15pm.
Before you attend the dog walker orientation, please review the Dog Walker Orientation Packet found at www.whitmanpets.org/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-resources.html. We'll need you to email us your answers to the survey questions before you come in for orientation.
If you have any questions please let us know!