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Volunteering at the HSYC

Volunteering at an animal rescue is extremely rewarding, educational, exciting, and fun. Each one of us consider volunteering as a privilege to be part of a group that work together to change lives one pet at a time. Often the life changed is ours! Keep in mind, some of our animals were strays or abused and your touch or interaction may be the first time they experience care and compassion. 

Our volunteer program was created to best serve the animals in our care. We rely heavily on volunteer participation; as a result, we recognize the value of your time and thank you for wanting to join the family of Volunteers at the HSYC.  

Keep in mind, all volunteer programs are designed for the benefit of the animals in the care of the HSYC. Rules, guidelines and protocols are in place for the safety of our animals, staff, volunteers and the public. Volunteering privileges may be revoked at any time if one is observed not following all requirements, guidelines and safety protocols. 

How to Become an Individual Volunteer?

1.  Set up a profile (you must be minimum of 16 years old).

2. Pay the Volunteer Orientation Fee of $25.00 administrative fee (includes your Volunteer tee Shirt).

3. AFTER you have completed both of these steps, Email our Volunteer Coordinator for next step coordination. 

Requirements for all Volunteers age 16 and older:

  1. Set up a profile in our Volunteer System. 
  2. Pay the $25.00 administrative fee.
  3. Attend New Volunteer Orientation 
  4. Join the CLOSED HSYC Facebook page - this is where ALL Volunteer communication takes place. 
  5. Wear HSYC Volunteer Shirt so it is Visible & Approved bottoms/footwear at all times. 
  6. Comply with all safety protocols and volunteer rules at all times
  7. Check the CLOSED HSYC Facebook Volunteer page regularly to stay abreast of changes and updates
  8. If you become a trained HSYC Dog-Walker, there will be a minimum of volunteer hours to maintain status. 

A sample of HSYC Volunteer service activities available: 

  • Kennel Cleaning
  • Cat Socialization
  • Dog Walker and Enrichment
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Fostering
  • Event Assistance and Attendance
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Home Visit Advisor
  • Dog Walking Trainer
  • Thrift Store Attendant

Volunteer Hours

In addition to the hours open to the public, staff and volunteers are at the rescue 365 days of the year. Our cats and dogs still need your attention and care. The following are general volunteer hours which may vary due to major holidays, inclement weather or major rescue events.

Volunteer hours are CLOSED from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM daily

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday Tuesday & Friday Activities
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dog walking, cat socialization, cleaning and rescue upkeep
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dog walking, cat socialization, cleaning and rescue upkeep

Volunteer FAQS: 

  • How do I become a Volunteer at the HSYC?
    • See Getting Started—How to become a volunteer at the HSYC.  All volunteers complete a minimum of 5 hours of general service before being considered for any additional training.
  • How old do you have to be to volunteer at the HSYC?
    • You must be 16 years old to become a volunteer.
  • ​​​​​​​I am a student and need service hours.  Can I complete these at the HSYC?
    • If you are at least 16 years old, you may become a volunteer on your own. If you are younger than 16, you may only volunteer if you are accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who becomes the primary volunteer.
  • ​​​​​​​I am a parent—can I bring my child/ren with me to volunteer?
    • With a signed waiver, parents may bring one child to accompany them when they volunteer at the HSYC under certain conditions. The child must be at least 10 years old, and stay with the parent at all times when in the shelter. Children under the age of 16 may not handle animals at any time. Should the parent choose attend training to become an animal handler, once the parent is trained, the child may accompany the parent, but not be an animal handler themselves.
  • How do I become a dog walker at the HSYC?
    • You must be a minimum of 18 years old to be considered for dog walking training at the HSYC.  You must first attend New Volunteer Orientation and then complete 5 hours general service at the shelter. You may then be considered for 1:1 dog walking training.  All dog walkers are asked to commit a minimum for 15 hours a month.
  • ​​​​​​​Do I have to schedule/sign up for volunteer hours in advance?
    • No. Volunteer hours are available every day of the week in both the mornings and afternoons. Once you have registered, paid the fee and attended New Volunteer Orientation, you are welcome to come in to help out at the HSYC during the posted volunteer hours.
  • ​​​​​​​What are volunteer hours?
    • 8:30 am-11:30am
    • 1:00 pm-4:00pm
  • ​​​​​​​Do I have to wear anything special to volunteer at the HSYC?
    • We require all volunteers to wear their green HSYC Volunteer shirt
  • ​​​​​​​What kinds of Volunteer jobs are available?
    • All kinds! All volunteer start with a minimum of 5 hours general service hours to become familiar with the HSYC and our staff. Some jobs have age requirements and additional training/application required. 
      • Kennel Cleaning, Cat Socialization, Dog Walking and Enrichment, Facility maintenance, Fostering, event attendance, fundraising, grant writing. These are just a few of the opportunities available.  The more involved a volunteer you become, the more opportunities there are.
  • ​​​​​​​I have court ordered Community Service—can I complete my hours at the HSYC?
    • Yes very possibly.  Please email……for more information.
  • ​​​​​​​How do I Volunteer at Pawsibilities Thrift Store?
    • You must be a minimum of 18 years old to volunteer at the Thrift Shop. Please visit the shop during normal open hours and ask a Lead on site for details. 
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