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
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.
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
Cleaning and sanitizing each kennel in the adoption
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.