Q: If I volunteer, what will my time commitment be?
A: Volunteers may work at the center once a week, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. There are various feeding schedules depending on the number and age of animals currently being cared for in the facility. Some volunteer work—fundraising, mailings, etc.—can even be done at home.
Q: How do volunteers assist with animal care?
A: The basic duties involve feeding animals and cage-cleaning. Daily assignments are provided to guide volunteers.
Q: Will someone teach me what I need to know?
A: Our Volunteer Trainers supervise and assist volunteers. Volunteers are given clear guidelines for handling calls from the public and admitting rescued animals. We maintain an extensive library of manuals and other resources on-site.
Q: Is help available in case of emergency?
A: Help is as close as the telephone. Volunteers have emergency phone numbers for the Director, veterinary assistance, animal welfare offices, and fire and medical assistance.
Q: Is it dangerous to work with the animals?
A: Personnel safety is our first priority. Volunteers are instructed in basic first aid and safety, including steps to take in the event of an animal bite or other injury. Only a limited number of staff are allowed to work within the secured large carnivore enclosure area.
Q: Are there other ways to volunteer besides working with animals?
A: Yes! We especially need people who are skilled in construction (carpentry, roofing, welding, etc.) to work on building our enclosures. Groundskeeping and gardening help is welcome. We are also interested in people with experience in fundraising.
Q: Whom do I contact if I want to volunteer, or if I have more questions?
A: For further information, you may contact us by e-mail or phone (775-538-7093).