Volunteer at TCHS
Volunteers are essential to everything we do! Shelter volunteers provide hands-on animal care such as grooming, exercising, and socializing the animals while they wait for their new homes. In addition, volunteers assist with kennel cleaning, general housekeeping, and customer service.
Other volunteer opportunities include off-site adoption events, animal photography, office work/data entry, yard work, building maintenance, newsletter mailings, fundraising events, humane education and pet visits at schools and day cares, senior care pet therapy visits, veterinary medicine, and the Board of Directors.
If you have a special skill or trade that you feel may be beneficial to our shelter, please share it with us. Wherever your talents lie, TCHS welcomes you!
The Volunteer Process
Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to volunteer alone, or as young as 10 years of age to volunteer alongside an adult.
The first step to becoming a TCHS volunteer is to fill out an application. Completed applications are reviewed and a background check is processed. Thereafter, applicants may be invited to attend a group orientation. Volunteer orientations are typically held once per month. Training programs vary depending on the type of volunteer position an applicant pursues. The entire process may take several weeks from the time an application is received to the completion of training.
Common Volunteer Needs
Shelter Animal Care Providers help keep a clean atmosphere for the animals and visitors at the Tri-County Humane Society as well as provide attention to the animals while they are waiting to be adopted. Volunteers keep cages and animal areas clean, socialize the animals, assist customers with viewing animals, and take shelter dogs for walks. Customer service skills are important for this position. Volunteer shifts are generally a minimum of 2 hours per week.
Animal Transporters must be 16 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, have their own vehicle, and provide proof of insurance. These volunteers are generally put on a “call list” and are contacted when transportation needs arise. Common transport needs include bringing shelter pets to and from local veterinary clinics and to Petco and Petsmart.
Animal Photographers take photographs of adoptable animals. People with experience in photography and the ability to edit photos are encouraged to apply for this position. Since our website is so important in advertising our animals, professional quality photographs improve an animal’s adoption rate. Photographers are scheduled for at least a 2-hour weekly shift.
Office Assistants help with miscellaneous office projects such as data entry, filing, editing website descriptions, stocking and pricing merchandise, phone calls, bulk mailings, etc. This may be an on-call or scheduled volunteer position.
Petco Animal Caretakers clean cages of TCHS animals at Petco while they wait for their forever home. They also watch for signs of illness and socialize with the animals. Volunteer hours are roughly 8:30-10:30 a.m. and scheduled for the same day each week.
Offsite Adoption Event Workers attend adoption events at Petco, Petsmart, or other venues. Volunteers staff a Tri-County Humane Society informational booth and transport animals for adoption to the events. Volunteers spend time socializing the animals, assist customers in meeting the animals, process adoption paperwork, and spread the TCHS mission to the public. The events are roughly 4 hours in length and we ask for a once-a-month commitment.
Senior Care Pet Therapy Volunteers bring a shelter animal or owned pet (with Tri-County Humane Society interview and approval) to visit residents of various senior care facilities. This is generally a once-a-month commitment and hours are variable depending on the facility.
Service Learning Program
This type of volunteer service is used when someone is looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity. It is often used when students are looking for credits for a class or extracurricular program. Due to a shortened training process, these volunteers do not work directly with the shelter animals. Individuals or groups may be eligible for this program depending on their goals and the needs of the shelter. Please contact the volunteer coordinator directly if you are interested in this type of service.
Community Service Program
TCHS accepts court-ordered community service workers. However, there are very specific rules and guidelines for this type of service. For more information on community service, please contact our volunteer coordinator.
If these opportunities do not fit your goals and/or availability, please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information on ways you can help.
For more information, contact Kate Kompas, TCHS Volunteer/Humane Education Coordinator, at (320) 252-0896, ext. 27, or firstname.lastname@example.org.