Joanne volunteer

Volunteer Positions

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblr

Volunteer Requirements & Capabilities

Thank you for your interest in joining the Neighborhood Pet Partners Program volunteer team! All of our volunteer opportunities currently have an age minimum of 18 years old and the following requirements/capabilities:

  • Able to work well both independently and as a team.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of people without judgement or making negative remarks.
  • Able to tactfully deal with challenging questions or opposing viewpoints from the public.
  • Able to learn proper role procedures and follow them appropriately and accurately.
  • Willingness to be flexible.
  • Customer service experience preferred.

Volunteers must attend a general orientation and will receive training specific to the role. A consecutive three month commitment is required for all volunteers.

Onsite Events Team

Onsite events team volunteers may be assigned to any of the below functions. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Data Collection

  • Disseminate forms on clipboards with pens to each pet owner.
  • Ensure pet owner completes a form for each pet.
  • Confirm pet owner completes each question on information form.
  • Some people may need help going through the forms.

 

Registration

  • Greet each person and collect the information form.
  • Confirm all information is complete on the form and assist the pet owner in completing if necessary.
  • Transfer information from the information form to the rabies certification form.
  • Put completed information form in correct pile.
  • Give the top copy of the rabies certificate to the “Vet Assistant”.

 

Vet Assistant

  • Confirm pet owner has completed rabies certificate.
  • Obtain vet signature if not already complete.
  • Confirm the vet is ready for the next client and their pet(s).
  • Escort pet owner to vaccination area.
  • Return to assist next pet owner in line.

 

Crowd Control

  • Establish and maintain a single file line.
  • Assist people as they arrive to where the end of the line is.
  • Consistently monitor line for anxious or reactive pets.
  • Avoid dog on dog issues by establishing space between pet owners.
  • Approach pet owners who need help managing their pet and offer assistance, and if necessary remove pet owner and dog to safe area.
  • Confirm all pets are on a leash or in a carrier or secured in pet owner’s arms.

 

Volunteer Table

  • Ensure all participating volunteers have signed in and are wearing appropriate t-shirt and name tag.
  • Assist volunteers with questions or concerns

 

Miscellaneous/Runners

  • Ensure dog bowls have water.
  • Ensure poop is picked up.
  • Provide water and snacks to vets and volunteers at stations.
  • Check in with event coordinator to see where help is needed.

 

Treat/Give Away Table

  • Give one bag of free goodies to each pet owner who signs up for a spay/neuter.
  • Use discretion in giving away food and other freebies such as leashes and harnesses (ensure there are no freebie hogs).

Street Canvassing

Volunteers work with coordinators in target communities to spread the message and mission of the Neighborhood Pet Partners Program, as well as the message of spay and neuter, promoting vaccinations and providing information on wellness care. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Responsibilities

  • Working with a team of volunteers, initiate discussions with individuals in the community, share materials and information, and field questions in targeted areas as directed by staff.
  • Promote upcoming Neighborhood Pet Program events and programs.

 

Level of Difficulty

  • Physical difficulty is moderate. Involves standing and walking for long periods of time.
  • Mental difficulty is moderate. Requires strong verbal communication skills, the ability to work without direct supervision and use good judgement.
  • Emotional difficulty is moderate. Requires dealing with potentially emotionally distressing situations and issues; any contact with the public can result in interactions with people in a heightened emotional state because of their connection with and commitment to animals.

 

Administrative Support

Working from home, administrative office volunteers will increase capacity for Neighborhood Pet Partners Program services by providing administrative support including:

  • Providing general administrative support including data entry, handling mailings, photocopying, and updating spreadsheets.
  • Return voicemail messages and make phone calls to support NPP clients including reminder and follow up calls to spay/neuter appointments, upcoming outreach event invitation calls, etc.

 

Level of Difficulty

  • Physical difficulty is minimal. The work occurs in an office/home office setting.
  • Mental difficulty is minimal-moderate. Requires strong communication skills and the ability to work independently and use good judgment.
  • Emotional difficulty is minimal-moderate. Volunteers may be exposed to some emotionally-distressing issues.

 

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Volunteers support our program by helping to facilitate spay and neuter for as many cats as possible in targeted areas.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with team and community members to determine where and when to set traps for feral and community cats.
  • Prepare and/or execute feeding schedule, perform feedings and coordinate with community members to do feedings.
  • Assist with set up of traps through phone calls with community members.
  • Humanely trap targeted cats.
  • Transport cats to the vet clinic for spay/neuter surgeries using your personal vehicle.
  • Return cats for release to the location where they were trapped.
  • Provide updates to community caregivers and them know cats are returned.
  • Complete tracking forms and reports.

 

Level of Difficulty

  • Physical difficulty is moderate. Involves lifting and bending, and handling companion animals ranging in a variety of sizes.
  • Mental difficulty is moderate. Requires strong interpersonal skills, the ability to learn how to set traps and work without direct supervision, and the ability to use good judgement.
  • Emotional difficulty is moderate-high. The nature of the issues dealt with can be emotionally distressing.

 

Role Specific Qualifications/Requirements

  • Ability to understand directions and maps and strong navigational skills in unfamiliar areas.
  • TNR experience is strongly preferred.

Transport Team

Volunteers provide support to clients and their pets to ensure they are able to take advantage of the services offered by the program.

 

Responsibilities

  • Use own method of transportation to deliver supplies to clients who do not have easy access to transportation; load and unload supplies
  • Transport animals confined in crates to and from veterinary appointments via clients’ homes
  • Ensure completion of all required paperwork by pet owner and submit completed forms to the coordinator or manager, as assigned
  • Communicate with clients about their needs
  • Requires hands-­‐on interaction with companion animals

 

Level of Difficulty

  • Physical difficulty is moderate. Requires walking, standing, lifting, bending, and handling companion animals.
  • Mental difficulty is moderate. Requires training in protocols and procedures with the expectation that they’ll be followed and involves working with little supervision with strong driving skills and ability to use good judgement.
  • Emotional difficulty is moderate. Requires dealing with potentially emotionally distressing situations and issues; any contact with the public can result in interactions with people in a heightened emotional state because of their connection with and commitment to animals.

 

Role Specific Qualifications/Requirements

  • Able to understand directions and maps and strong navigational skills unfamiliar areas.
  • General experience working with companion animals and a willingness to learn more about their behavior.
  • Able to follow proper animal handling techniques.

Ready to Volunteer?

Please complete a volunteer application on The Animal League website and choose the volunteer option 'RESCUES UNITE'.

In the written response portion of the application, 'Please tell us why you wish to volunteer', please also include:

  • Your specific interest in volunteering for Neighborhood Pet Partners Program
  • Your experience level working with animals
  • Your comfort level working in potentially stressful situations

We are looking forward to hearing from you!