Our volunteers are an exceptional group of individuals who have committed to donating their time and energy to the animals in our care. We recognize the valuable roles volunteers play and are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training and ongoing support to every volunteer.
The following are basic requirements for joining our volunteer team:
• Commit to volunteering for at least 1 full year • Log at least 5 hours each month • Must be at least 18 years of age
• An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues • Positive attitude • Strong verbal communication • Eagerness to learn and develop skills • Basic computer skills and active email address • Ability to work well independently and within a team • Exceptional customer service skills • Attention to detail
Volunteer Training Curriculum:
Volunteer applicants who have been successfully matched with their chosen program will be sent an invitation to complete our virtual volunteer orientation. Volunteer candidates are offered training dates based on current needs within the organization. For this reason note that it may take between 2-4 weeks for approved applicants to begin training.
Step 1: Virtual Volunteer Orientation
This important informational video provides volunteers with a general overview of The Anti-Cruelty Society, the services we offer the community, and our various departments. Once your volunteer application has been screened and approved you will receive a link to the Virtual Volunteer Orientation. Following the completion of the orientation you will need to complete the corresponding quiz before receiving an invitation for the second step of training. Volunteers taking part in the Pet Patrol: Virtual Volunteer project move straight into training after successful Virtual Volunteer Orientation.
Step 2: Animal Handling Training
Our Animal Handling Training is an in-person lecture-based training designed to provide volunteers with an in-depth overview of our training approach, handling goals, philosophies and more. This training equips new animal handlers with the knowledge they need to attend step 3 of volunteer training. Note that when signing up for this step in training you will be asked to pay a $25 fee which will cover the cost of your Volunteer Welcome Kit which is distributed after you've completed all four steps of training.
Step 3: Program Training
In these in-depth, hands-on training sessions, experienced volunteers guide trainees through the ins and outs of their chosen volunteer program. Prior to attending program training, volunteers are sent their program’s manual to review, as well as a series of videos to watch to help prepare them for the session.
Step 4: Solo Session
This final step in the training process allows new volunteers an opportunity to test drive the skills they’ve acquired through their training. Volunteer trainees are granted their official volunteer status following the successful completion of a Solo Session.____________________________________________________________
If you meet the above outlined requirements, can make a one year minimal commitment, and are aware of our training curriculum, we invite you to complete a volunteer application.