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Operation Kindness 101

Volunteer

Operation Kindness needs the help of our community to provide love and care to our homeless animals 365 days a year! Volunteers walk our dogs, socialize our cats, clean cages and the shelter, answer the phone, work with adopters, and more.

You get to choose what you would like to do at the shelter and pre-schedule your volunteer time within our daily shifts of 7am-11am, 11am-3pm, and 3pm-7pm. During orientation, you will learn how to sign up for volunteers shifts at the shelter. You will only sign up for one shift at a time, so your shifts can vary.


We would love to have you volunteer with us - plus, "fur fixes" are guaranteed!

What Are The Benefits Of Volunteering?

  • All active volunteers receive a newsletter.
  • Outstanding volunteers are presented with Operation Kindness' Volunteer of the Month award and recognized in the newsletter and at the shelter.
  • Volunteers and their families are invited to our annual holiday party in December where we announce the Volunteer of the Year, Foster of the Year and present other special awards
  • Opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills working with a variety of animals.
  • Best of all, you'll have the warm feeling of knowing that you are helping animals in need!

What Can I Do As A Volunteer?

  • Volunteer Ambassadors: Find out More!
  • Kennel Work: Cleaning cages, laundry, general upkeep and maintenance.
  • Walking Dogs: Dogs are walked at least twice a day in the morning and afternoon.
  • Cat Rooms: Help maintain cat and kitten rooms, clean cages, change litter boxes.
  • General Help: Receptionist, answering phones, greeting visitors, assist with mailings and general office work.
  • Foster Home Program: Care for young, recovering or pregnant animals in your home. You'll be saving a life!!
  • Fundraising: Assist with fundraising events and activities.
  • Computer: Data entry in shelter database.
  • Volunteer Committee: Welcoming new volunteers, coordinating and assisting with volunteer training.
  • Transportation: Transporting animals to TV shows, vets, events, etc.
  • Speaker's Bureau: Presentations at schools, community groups, etc. .
  • Telephone Committee: Call volunteers, contact adopters after adoption, etc
  • Special Events: Planning, coordinating and staffing at Operation Kindness and community events.
  • Adoption Counseling: Work with adopters to find their new companion, counseling adopters on training and pet care, completing adoption paperwork, etc.
  • Publicity: Distribute event flyers, newsletters, etc.
  • and lots more...

Volunteer Guidelines and Restrictions

  • Volunteer shifts available are 7 days a week from 7am-11am, 11am-3pm, and 3pm-7pm. During orientation, you will learn how to preschedule when you will volunteer at the shelter. You will only sign up for one shift at a time, so your shifts can vary.
  • The minimum age for volunteering is 6 years with a legal guardian - there is no maximum age!
  • All volunteers must attend a regular volunteer orientation session.
  • Volunteer fees are $35 for adults and $25 for junior under 18 and seniors over 65. It includes your volunteer handbook as well as your Operation Kindness t-shirt.
  • Volunteers aged 6 -16 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian who is also an active volunteer. All volunteers under 18 must have parental consent.
  • Youth groups can volunteer for special projects when accompanied by a supervising adult. Call us for more information.
  • Volunteers must work at least one of the following:
    • A minimum of six hours a month in the shelter
    • A minimum of six events a year
    • As an active volunteer on a committee
    • As a foster parent

I Want To Help! So What's Next?

Complete an online Volunteer Application by clicking here.
**Please note that if you are volunteering with a junior (6-16 years of age) the parent MUST submit an application along with the junior.

Attend a mandatory Volunteer training session scheduled for you by the Volunteer Coordinator
Get involved! - help the animals and have fun!

Questions? Contact Volunteer Manager Tomi Tucker by email or calling 972-428-3821

 


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