Volunteer FAQ

How do I become a volunteer?

The first step is to fill out our Volunteer Application. You may either complete our online version or print a copy and mail it to our location. Once we have received your application, you will be contacted through email to set up a Volunteer Orientation (please allow 4-6 weeks for processing).

Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

Yes. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

What is the time commitment?

The minimum commitment is a standing 2-hour shift each week for at least 6 months.

Why are new volunteers required to make a $50 donation?

New volunteers are kindly asked to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation of $50 at the time of your first volunteer orientation. This covers the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, online scheduling account, training, and application processing. We are very grateful for your help and realize that many volunteers donate their time in lieu of a monetary contribution. But without this extra help, we could not afford to maintain a successful volunteer program.

How soon after orientation can I begin volunteering?

Right away! You will receive the login information for our online scheduling program immediately following your second orientation.

How has the pandemic affected volunteer operations?

Animal Haven prioritizes the safety of everyone who walks through our doors. All active volunteers must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to starting their shifts. Volunteers are welcome to wear a mask if they feel comfortable doing so but this is no longer required once proof of vaccination is submitted. You’ll learn more about specifics during your orientation.

Can I bring my child with me when I volunteer? I want him/her to have the experience of caring for animals.

Unfortunately, no. We do not have volunteers under the age of 18 working at the shelter because we cannot be responsible for minors. Additionally, if you are watching your child, you are not focusing 100% on your job, which can be dangerous.

Can I bring my family member or friend to volunteer with me?

No. Anyone who performs the duties of a volunteer or enters Staff Only areas (such as the corrals) must be a registered volunteer of Animal Haven. This is for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and animals.

Does Animal Haven offer foster opportunities to volunteers?

We do have a foster program that is open to Animal Haven volunteers. You will find out more about this at your volunteer orientation.

How do I volunteer for events?

Animal Haven volunteers are welcome to volunteer at all events. Once you have attended orientation, you will begin to receive regular volunteer emails with information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Can I pick up any infections or diseases at the shelter?

Our cats and dogs are all under veterinary care and have received their standard vaccinations. In the event an animal comes down with a contagious infection, we isolate them from the rest of the shelter and inform volunteers of their condition. While we take every precaution to protect our staff and volunteers, the risk of contracting minor infections (i.e. Ringworm), is present in all animal shelters and facilities with a large number of animals.

I have a disability. Can I still volunteer?

Animal Haven has a place for everyone. Some of our volunteer opportunities (such as dog walking) require volunteers to be in good physical condition, however, we have different options for volunteers of all abilities.

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