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(this link is not for court ordered Community Service. To apply for community service, call 386-274-4703 ext . 319)

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PLEASE NOTE:

As much as we would love your help at this time of crisis, we are limiting the exposure of our staff and volunteers until the COVID-19 crisis is under control. Where we need your help is to FOSTER an animal to help us reduce the population at the shelter. To foster, call 386-274-4703 ext. 331 to make arrangements or email fostertransfer@halifaxhumanesociety.org

 

Volunteers play a vital role at Halifax Humane Society and contribute to the overall success of our numerous programs.

With numerous service areas to choose from, we are sure to have a volunteer experience that is right for you!

To become a Halifax Humane Society volunteer you must be 18 years of age or older (or 14 - 17 years old and accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times while volunteering), be willing to make a commitment of time, and attend the volunteer classes at the shelter.

For any questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact one of the following-

Volunteer Manager- 386-274-4703 ext. 319 

 

Are you afraid of dogs?

Sounds like a silly question but we often have volunteers who are trying to deal with their fear of dogs by walking shelter dogs. A better solution would be to foster a dog which would allow for building a relationship of trust and respect. We also have programs such as Beach Buddies and Home for the Holidays that allow people to take a dog out for a day or as long as a few weeks. Not really fostering, but similar. Being scared of a dog you are walking could result in an unwanted situation of a loose or injured dog and dog walker. Consider alternatives to dog walking if you have a fear of dogs.

 

 

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IF YOU ARE COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE, DO NOT COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION. CALL 386-274-4703 ext. 319

 

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Volunteer Classes Level 100

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The Orientation Class is required to be taken by all volunteers regardless of desired area of interest. This class educates volunteers on the history, the programs and services, the staff and personnel, and the volunteer opportunities available. Approximately 45 minutes. To sign up for this class email volunteermanager@halifaxhumanesociety.org. This class is also available online.

Dog Walking: While HHS strives to make our shelter as comfortable as possible before they move on to their forever home, long-term stays in the kennels can be detrimental to our animals. In particular, we work to make sure our dogs – in both our Large Dog and Small Dog kennels – get exercise, one on one time with a person, and a walk each and every day, at least once a day. As an HHS dog walker, you will work to take out dogs, as trained, for walks and exercise in the play pens behind the Large Dog kennels. Dogs will be taken out 1 at a time, and all volunteers must be trained prior to beginning to walk our dogs.

Key Responsibilities for Dog Walkers:

  • Take all adoptable dogs out for walks and play sessions (unless otherwise indicated on a kennel card) in properties surrounding shelter buildings and in play yards.
  • Use safe animal handling and designated training protocols, remove animals from the kennel with a Weiss Walkie and walk animals safely from the kennel to the outdoor area.
  • Scoop feces and dispose of properly.

          Qualifications for Dog Walkers:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation and the Dog Walking classes.
  • Volunteers must have worked with a dog walking mentor and have been cleared to take out dogs independently prior to walking without a mentor.

Dog Enrichment Team: We work to make sure all our animals, including cats, dogs, and critters, have toys and activities in their kennel outside of human socialization. This type of enrichment is crucial to keeping the animals occupied during their time in their kennels, and research has shown it event helps to improve their behavioral and general health, as well as improve adoptions! As a member of the enrichment team, you will help to put together and distribute enrichment items to our dogs between 11am-1pm on one day, Monday-Sunday, of your choosing and given availability on the enrichment schedule. These often include peanut butter on the frisbees, distributing Kongs and PVC pipes, and other toys and treats to keep the dogs busy.

          Key Responsibilities for Dog Enrichment Team:

  • Assist with providing and distributing enrichment as designated by Enrichment Team members and HHS.
  • Make sure enrichment items are clean, safe, and appropriate.
  • Assist in preparing enrichment items, such as food items and enrichment toys, including Kongs and Pup Pops.

          Qualifications for Dog Enrichment Team:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation and the Dog Enrichment classes.

• Volunteers must have worked with a dog enrichment mentor and are on the schedule following a mentoring session

Like our dog enrichment team, our cat socialization volunteers work to give the cats one on one time with people, enriching their time spent at the shelter. As a cat socialization volunteer, your job is both to spend time with the cats, giving them enrichment to play with and time with people, as well as speak to potential adopters. We encourage all volunteers to take initiative to speak with potential adopters and help pair them with their perfect cat!

          Key Responsibilities for Cat Socialization:

  • Spend one on one time with cats, either in their kennels, taking them out of their kennels in the cat room or cabanas.
  • Use homemade or donated enrichment items to play with the cats and give them something to do in their kennels.
  • Speak with potential adopters, taking initiative to see what their interests are and what sort of cat they are looking to adopt.

          Qualifications for Cat Socialization:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation and the Cat Socialization class.

Offsite Cat Adoption Ambassador: Although we have many cats onsite at HHS, we also house many at several offsite locations, such as pet stores. Two of these stores – PetSmart in Deland, and the PetSmart on International Speedway Blvd., in Daytona – rely on daily volunteer care. These cats are entirely cared for by our volunteer staff, including daily cleaning of their kennels, fresh food, water, and socializing. These volunteers are instrumental in both caring for our cats, as well as helping potential adopters who might be interested in these cats. Caring for these cats involves both general cleaning and care, as well as helping with any transports we might need to and from the offsite locations, particularly when we have kennels to fill offsite. We also expect these volunteers to be in regular communication with the Volunteer Manager about replenishing necessary supplies at offsite locations.

          Key Responsibilities for Offsite Cat Socialization:

  • Regularly clean cat kennels, including emptying litter pans, cleaning empty kennels, and making sure there is as little mess as possible.
  • Replenishing the cats’ food and water on a daily basis.
  • Socializing with the cats, giving them much needed one on one time with people.

          Qualifications for Offsite Cat Socialization:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.

• Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation and the Cat Socialization class as well as worked with a cat socialization mentor at the offsite location.

Vet Services: For volunteers with either experience in a veterinary setting, or with an interest with gaining volunteer vet experience, we take volunteers in our Vet Services department at HHS and at our low-cost spay/neuter Redinger Clinic. Volunteer responsibilities, as directed by our team, at HHS include cleaning, maintenance, wrapping surgery packs, etc. At Redinger, their needs are more clerical, with volunteers helping to answer phones, input data, and schedule surgeries. At each location, volunteers will be given more responsibilities based on how much time they can dedicate to the volunteer position.

Key Responsibilities for Vet Services Volunteering:

  • Regularly clean kennels and help with any general cleaning in Vet Services.
  • Helping with maintenance needs around the area.
  • Answering phones and scheduling appointments.
  • More responsibilities given on an individual basis.

Qualifications for Vet Services Volunteering:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation and the Vet Services class.

• Volunteers must have worked with a mentor prior to volunteering in Vet Services on their own.

Administrative Duties: From helping to answer phones at our Adoption Lobby greeter desk, to helping our Development staff write thank you cards, we always need help with administrative duties! This position varies depending on the needs of HHS staff and upcoming projects for HHS events. If you have experience in clerical work, data entry, or otherwise, this is a great position for you!

          Key Responsibilities for the Administrative Volunteers:

  • Helping HHS staff with administrative tasks on an as-needed basis.
  • Speaking with or corresponding with the public in a positive and professional manner.

Qualifications for the Administrative Volunteers:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended the Volunteer Orientation and Guest Services class.

Pet Photographers: At HHS, we strive to do everything possible to help our animals find their forever home as quickly as possible. This includes making sure we have appropriate and appealing photos for each animal to display on our website, social media pages, and on the animal’s kennel card. Our Volunteer Photo Team is in charge of taking these photos, as well as keeping track of which animals might need a new photo and choosing days to host a ‘Photo Day’ during the month. Volunteers are encouraged to use their creativity, take fun photos of the animals, and make them as original as possible so our animals can stand out!

          Key Responsibilities for the Shelter Pet Photography Team:

  • Regularly take photos of the animals, at least one day/week.
  • Keep a list of which animals need photos, updating as their photos are taken.
  • Sending any and all appropriate animal photos to the Volunteer Manager and Community Outreach Director.
  • Working with dog walkers and animal handlers to place animals in photogenic scenery, outside the kennel space.

Qualifications for the Shelter Pet Photography Team:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended the Volunteer Orientation and the Pet Photography class.

Special Events & Adoption Events: As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, HHS relies heavily on fundraising events to help cover the cost of care for our animals. We have a number of large events each year, on an annual or biannual basis. These include: Mutt Strutt, Fur Ball, Dog Park on Ice, Ruff Ride, Island Party, and our Yappy Hours. We are in constant need of volunteers to help us both during the events themselves, as well as with prep for our larger events. This includes day-of help, collecting donations, auction items, and distributing posters. In addition, HHS participates in a number of adoption events throughout the year, in the Volusia County area. During these events, we transport our shelter animals to offsite locations, exposing them to a new community and hopefully getting them adopted. We need volunteers to help run these events, with help from staff, as well as help handle the animals as qualified.

Key Responsibilities for Event Volunteering:

  • Listen to and follow all directions given by those in charge of the event.
  • Help with set up and tear down for an event.
  • Follow instructions based on slot volunteer is signed up for (e.g., registration, raffle table, general tabling, etc.)
  • Speak with guests at the event, giving them information about HHS and any available animals.
  • Handle animals as qualified.

Qualifications for Event Volunteering:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with guests and potential adopters.

• Volunteers must have attended the Volunteer Orientation and Special Events class.

Thrift Store: Our Thrift Store, located at 333 W Granada Blvd, is always looking for skilled volunteer help! If you’ve got experience working or volunteering in retail, and can help sort through donations, organize the store, and aid with various maintenance tasks, this is the position for you. This is a great opportunity for those with a keen eye for quality donated items and who want to help the animals at HHS.

Key Responsibilities for Thrift Store Volunteers:

  • Listen to and follow all directions given by Thrift Store management.
  • Help with collecting, sorting, and organizing donations.
  • Help with other tasks on an as-needed basis.
  • Speak with guests and donors in a polite and professional manner.

Qualifications for Thrift Store:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with guests and donors.

• Volunteers must have attended the Volunteer Orientation and Guest Services class.

Culler Boarding & Grooming Center: Located directly next to the main HHS shelter, our Culler Boarding, Grooming and Travel Center offers great opportunities for volunteers. From helping to bathe and groom our dogs, socializing and playing with animals that are being boarded, to helping to answer phones and schedule appointments, there’s something for everyone at B&G. If you’ve got experience at a boarding center or would like to get some more, B&G is always looking for volunteer help!

Key Responsibilities for Boarding & Grooming Volunteers:

  • Listen to and follow all directions given by B&G management.
  • Help with welcoming guests, answering phones, and scheduling appointments.
  • Help with taking out dogs, socializing animals, and grooming/bathing as trained.
  • Handle animals as needed.

Qualifications for Boarding & Grooming Volunteers:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with guests.

• Volunteers must have attended the Volunteer Orientation and Guest Services class.

Foster Volunteers: HHS relies on a dedicated team of foster volunteers to help us care for animals that might need some extra care and attention, as well as for those that might be too young or sick to go onto the adoption floor. When they are old enough and/or better, they will be returned to HHS to be placed up for adoption. In addition, we may place certain behavioral cases in foster homes, particularly those that have been long-term stays at HHS and are demonstrating behavioral issues in their kennel. All foster pets come up to date on shots and with all needed medical treatment.

Key Responsibilities for Foster Volunteers:

  • Provide love, food, care, and exercise to pets in need.
  • Provide a temporary safe place to live.

• Provide an environment where the animal can learn from and socialize with people and other animals (case by case basis).

Advanced Dog Walking:  Dog walkers who would like to advance their skills and either learn more about dog walking, or learn to walk our level 3 dogs, may take this class. This class, taught by our Behavior Manager, will cover information from dog bites, advanced dog handling, and much more. Although this course is geared towards volunteers that wish to begin walking our level 3 dogs, we encourage all volunteers to sit in on this class if they’d like to know more about safe animal handling, and how to keep themselves and the people around them safe while walking at the shelter.

Key Responsibilities for Advanced Dog Walkers:

  • Take all adoptable dogs out for walks and play sessions (unless otherwise indicated on a kennel card) in properties surrounding shelter buildings and in play yards.
  • Use safe animal handling and designated training protocols, remove animals from the kennel with a Weiss Walkie and walk animals safely from the kennel to the outdoor area.
  • Scoop feces and dispose of properly.

            Qualifications for Advanced Dog Walkers:

  • Volunteers must maintain a positive and professional attitude with adopters.
  • Volunteers must have attended Volunteer Orientation, Dog Walking, and Advanced Dog Walking Classes.
  • Volunteers must have worked with a dog walking mentor and/or our Behavior Manager and have been cleared to take out dogs independently prior to walking without a mentor.

Sales Guest Services Associate

Part-time Volunteer Position.

Prefer Saturday and Sunday coverage. (noon to 5 on Saturday, noon to 2 on Sunday)
If weekdays, Mon – Fri noon to 5 pm.

Qualifications:

Prefer someone with sales and customer service experience. Must be willing to learn and be teachable. Animal lovers encouraged to apply. Good with details and acts now instead of waiting until later. Knowledgeable and always learning. Must be able to juggle many tasks at once.

Duties:

Will be stationed at the greeter desk and offer to assist guests as they enter the shelter. The Sales Guest Services Associate (SGSA) will assist guests with-

  • Retail item purchases
  • Animal adoptions
  • Education of available services
  • Assist at checkout if needed

Responsibilities:

  • Attend training classes
  • Self-educate on all retail items (web research, watching videos, etc.)
  • Visit with all adoptable animals
  • Research and learn about each animal via PetPoint and Kennel Cards
  • Be friendly and responsive to guest needs
  • Offer assistance for available services
  • Help guests load their vehicles or find a care worker to assist

 

This is a new position that will begin as a volunteer role. If the role proves to be successful, then a paid position may be added in addition to the volunteer role. This position is very important regarding guest perception. How a guest is greeted and offered to be helped determines the quality level of their entire experience.

If you are interested in applying for this volunteer position, contact Barry at barryk@halifaxhumanesociety.org or call him at extension 320.