Lobby Attendant & Animal Interaction – Volunteers assist front counter staff by retrieving animals from the adoption kennels for citizen introduction and adoption consideration. Pet owner education also is relayed through conversations with the adopters. Plus, pet owners often search for lost animals at our shelter and need direction from volunteers.
Exercising/Socializing Animals – The shelter's dogs, cats and rodents spend a lot of time in their cages and kennel runs. Volunteer attention given to the animals through walks, petting, side yard runs and toy play provide the physical release and trust building interaction needed.
Positive Animal Training – The shelter's dogs are eager to learn and those with basic manners are adopted at a faster rate! We encourage positive training with the dogs for their mental well being and socialization skills.
Bathing/Grooming Animals – The staff needs help with bathing and grooming the animals to keep them clean and healthy! Presentation is everything and those animals looking their best will attract the adopters.
Cleaning/Disinfecting Kennels & Cages – Daily cleaning and disinfection of the animal kennels and cages is a time consuming job but vital for preventing the spread of animal illnesses. The shelter staff is very appreciative of the volunteer help received.
Off-site Adoption Events – Adoption saves animal lives and the opportunity to adopt is given not only within the shelter but also at various off-site locations throughout the county. Volunteers are needed to assist with adoption event preparation including animal social skill assessment, animal bathing and supply gathering. Adoption events are managed through volunteer shifts and the jobs include animal showcases, public education, adoption agent paperwork duties and mascot costume wear!
Spay/Neuter & Rabies Vaccination Clinics – Volunteer support to the vet staff within the spay/neuter and rabies vaccination clinics is needed during the work week mornings and on specific weekend Saturdays. Animal patient check-in, surgery recovery monitoring, instrument pack assembly and crowd control are some of the jobs assisted by the volunteers.
Microchip Clinic Assistance – Microchips enable lost pets to find their homes and are provided to pet owners at cost by CMPD Animal Care & Control at numerous locations throughout the year. Volunteers are needed at these clinics for crowd control, data entry and public education.
AC&C Newsletter – Writers, editors, photographers and graphic artists are needed to help the shelter staff distribute a quarterly newsletter. Information is always available to educate the public on the shelter's programs, events, special projects, challenges and successful animal home placements!
Animal Adoption Follow-ups – Volunteers are needed to make follow-up phone call inquiries to support the adoptive homes found for animals. The new pet owners are asked to verbally answer a questionnaire for information given to shelter management. New home pet acclimation issues are addressed and training solutions are sought to prevent animal returns to the shelter.
Fostering Program - Open your home and your heart to our animals that are in need of a nurturing environment for a period of rehabilitation or time to mature. Help save our dogs and cats by joining our fostering team. The animals that might be in need of foster care: Puppies and kittens that need to mature, heartworm positive dogs, dogs with kennel cough and cats with URI, and dogs and cats that need to get out of their kennels and cages for socialization and training. For more information, visit our Fostering Program page.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Linda Hagemann at 704-336-6694.