To attend a volunteer orientation session, you must register with the shelter's Volunteer Coordinator, Mike Kuntz, at least 24 hours prior to the session by calling (607) 732-1827, Ext. 210. You may also download and complete a volunteer application below and then e-mail the completed form to email@example.com. Only completed applications will be processed.
Download the Volunteer Application
Shelter HelperA Shelter Helper assists with various areas of cleaning the shelter and caring for the animals. Some of these tasks include:
Cat CuddlersCat Cuddlers are just that! Before you volunteer for this you must be shown the basics on how to handle cats and the proper way to sanitize between petting cats. This is a great way to end your day at the shelter - help out as a Shelter Helper for a few hours and then follow up with cat cuddling! Prerequisite: Some handling skills & training.
Dog WalkersEach shelter dog is walked at least three times a day for exercise, fresh air, socialization and human contact. During this time they can also be taught basic obedience skills. Prerequisite: Dog-Walking Class.
Doggie Outings/Special EventsVolunteers can take shelter dogs for walks at various, planned locations to show them off to the public. This increases the socialization opportunities for the dogs and gives the shelter positive exposure. Prerequisite: Dog-Walking Class and participants must be eighteen years or older.
Grooming Cats and DogsVolunteers will talk to, pet, and groom various dogs and cats that need special grooming attention. This will hep the cats and dogs in our care to be more physically attractive and emotionally happy as a means of increasing their chances at adoption. This may also include giving cats and dogs baths when necessary. Prerequisite: Some handling skills & training.
Digital Photography/Animal DescriptionsThe CCHS/SPCA website and the national shelter database, www.petfinder.com, serve as our virtual shelter and are great vehicles for matching shelter animals with prospective adopters. We need volunteers to photograph and write descriptions of the pets that come into the shelter weekly for our website and local newspapers. Additionally, we can use snapshots of shelter animals to connect with people and increase adoptions.
Offsite Adoption EventsThe CCHS/SPCA hosts several offsite adoption events throughout the year at local merchants and community events. These events promote animal adoptions and raise money for the shelter. Volunteers help on the day of the event to set up/break down, walk/show off animals and share information about the animals with potential adopters. Volunteers may also wash and groom dogs and cats before the event. Prerequisite: Dog-Walking Class.
Volunteers assist the veterinarians and veterinary assistants with various tasks during spay/neuter clinics that are periodically held at the shelter. Tasks include handling the animals while vets perform pre-operative examinations, assisting with restraint during anesthesia administration, positioning and other adjustments for vets during surgery, preparing and properly labeling vaccination, completing paperwork, cleaning/sterilizing instruments, monitoring/handling of animals during post surgical recovery period and becoming equipped, through practice and observation by the vets and vet assistants, to perform unassisted extubation on the animals (removal of the respirator tube from animal's trachea). Separate application and training process required.
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