Below are a listing of our volunteer opportunities!
If you are interested in helping out, please fill out a volunteer application today!
Administrative assistant: Duties include, but are not limited to: Assisting customers, data entry, answering phones, filing, stuffing envelopes, writing thank-you notes.
Facility Assistant: Duties include, but are not limited to: installing new fixtures, fixing things that break, building random things for the shelter, shoveling, snowblowing, weedwhacking, etc…
Dog Walker: Walking the dogs and picking up poop. Cooler months only, please. Unless trained to work with the animals, dog walkers must allow shelter employees to remove and return dogs to their kennels. Runners encouraged. All dog walkers must pass a basic safety class before handling the dogs.
Fostering gives a temporary loving home for some of our animals who do not do well in a shelter environment. Application and home visits are required; meet and greet mandatory if there are other animals in the house.
Fun-draising: Duties include, but are not limited to: researching animal-based grants, applying for grants, assisting with donation procurement within the community, assisting in setting up fundraisers. We meet once a month specifically to discuss fundraisers. This is extremely important as we not only depend on fundraising to pay our bills, but we’re also starting to raise money for building our new facility.
Shelter Supplies Specialist: Regional is dependent on donations to feed the kids, pay the vet bills, and keep the lights on! Our supply specialists help us organize drives with various organizations. We always need food, cleaning supplies, blankets, towels, and of course, treats! This is great for kids who want to get involved, but are not yet old enough to work with the shelter. This is the only position which does not require a signed volunteer contract or waiver, as nothing is done on site at the shelter. We will, however, give you documentation stating that you are soliciting donations for the Regional pups!
Special Events Support = fundraisers. Duties include, but are not limited to: promoting, setting up, staffing event (runners, ticket takers, general assistance, etc), cleanup. All volunteers are welcome to suggest and plan fundraisers, but all fundraisers must be approved by the Board.
Ad of course: Shelter Volunteers
There are three levels of volunteers, all based on time at the shelter and training.
- Shelter assistant – These are our volunteers who are learning how the shelter runs and how we take care of our dogs. Assistants are not allowed to handle dogs directly (unless in emergency situations) and will always be working with a senior volunteer. Assistants are allowed in the yards with the dogs only if accompanied by a senior volunteer. Duties include, but are not limited to: cleaning kennels, dishes, laundry, organizing, assisting in feeding the kids (18+ limited kennel entry – calm dogs only), answering phones. All volunteers start at this level.
- Shelter worker – These are our volunteers who have been working in the shelter and have attended and passed a shelter-run basic skills class. Must be 18+. Shelter workers have all the duties of a shelter assistant, but also assume the following duties, with include but are not limited to: feeding the kids (kennel entry permitted), administering medications, walking the kids, assisting visitors at the shelter. Shelter workers can handle the kids and be out in the yard with the dogs unsupervised.
- Senior Volunteer – Think shelter workers, with keys. Duties include, but are not limited to: all the shelter worker stuff, assisting potential adopters, dog handling at adoption events, transport to events, vet runs, overseeing the running of the shift. Senior volunteers are expected to be up-to-date with all information about dogs in the shelter and assist shelter workers and assistants in building their knowledge base.