Volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our animals. Our caring and hard-working volunteers help in a variety of programs throughout the year.
We invite you to join our volunteer team today by completing three easy steps:
1) Fill Out Our Volunteer Application
All potential volunteers must have a volunteer application on file to be considered for the Operation Kindness Volunteer Program.
Before you begin volunteering at Operation Kindness, we require that you attend an Orientation Session and pay a one-time program fee. The fee covers volunteer materials including an Operation Kindness t-shirt.
3) Commit to Volunteering
With our flexible hours, you’ll be able to tailor your volunteer experience around your schedule. We also can give you activities that best suit your individual interests and skills.
Questions? Contact our Volunteer Manager.
Ways You Can Help as a Volunteer
There are so many different ways to volunteer at Operation Kindness. From interacting with animals or people planning to adopt, to coordinating events and keeping up with office responsibilities, we will find something that you enjoy.
Here are a few examples of the types of duties for volunteers:
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.
Kennel Work: Clean cages, laundry, general up-keep and maintenance.
General Help: Help with receptionist work such as, answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting 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!
Foster Ambassador Program: Care for animals in your home like a regular Foster Home and be the animal’s “talent agent” to help it get adopted. You can accomplish an adoption by introducing the pet to friends, family, neighbors; taking it to dog parks and other animal-friendly venues. Operation Kindness will provide the tools you need.
Fundraising: Assist with fundraising events and activities.
Computer: Data entry in shelter database.
Volunteer Committee: Welcome new volunteers, coordinate and assist with volunteer training.
Speaker’s Bureau: Presentations at schools and community groups.
Special Events: Assist with planning, coordinating and staffing at Operation Kindness and community events.
Adoption Counseling: Match dogs and cats with potential adopters to find their new home, provide counseling to adopters, and complete adoption paperwork.
Publicity: Distribute event flyers and help increase awareness of the shelter.
Volunteer Qualification Checklist
- 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 juniors under 18 and seniors over 65. It includes your volunteer handbook and your Operation Kindness t-shirt.
- Volunteers age 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.
- Volunteers must do at least one of the following:
- A minimum of six hours a month in the shelter
- A minimum of six events a year
- Be an active volunteer on a committee
- Be a foster parent