Volunteer Position

Dog Care

This position is great for dog lovers who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. This is ideal for anyone interested in dog training or animal shelter work.


The role of the Dog Care volunteer is to help keep our dogs healthy and happy in a clean, safe environment until they are adopted. The dogs in our adoption center can be highly stressed and this position has the opportunity to make their time in our care more comfortable. The HPAC volunteer dog program can be busy and fast paced with up to 20 dogs to care for, feed and clean up after. This program teaches the dogs basic obedience commands with the goal of a more stimulating shelter stay and an easier transition into their new home. Volunteers must practice safe animal handling per HPAC protocols and be open to feedback from staff. This is a high animal contact position (dogs only). This job can be intense, physically demanding and requires repetitive scrubbing, bending, and lifting.

Duties include:

         Socializing and comforting the dogs in the adoption center

         Walking each dog for at least 30 minutes

         Practicing the Homeward Pet's basic command program

         Monitoring behavior and medical needs on a daily log

         Cleaning and sanitizing each kennel in the adoption rooms

         Scooping feces

         Washing dishes

         Washing, drying and folding laundry

         Sweeping and mopping floors

         Additional projects as needed.


Dogs are walked in all weather conditions and on holidays. Shelter dogs can be strong and unruly. For this reason, all volunteers must be willing to handle all types (including bully breeds) and sizes of dogs.


Volunteers are scheduled for the same 2-3 hour shift each week. There is a 3 month minimum weekly commitment. For the care of the dogs, dependability is essential.


Volunteers help everyday of the year from 9am-9pm.


All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and a hands-on training before starting their position. The orientation covers each of the volunteer positions at Homeward Pet in detail and explains the overall objectives of HPAC as an organization. HPAC trains all volunteers. No previous experience is necessary.


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