Step 1: Sign-up for and attend a Volunteer Info Night
Before joining our volunteer team, we want to help you decide if you are a good fit for our organization and if we are a good fit for you! At the Info Night, you will learn about our organization, our mission and our policies. We will take a tour of our facility as well as provide information about our current volunteer needs and the commitment we ask from you.
PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for a Volunteer Info Night. Space is limited. We do not take a waiting list.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER INFO NIGHTS
- NO NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER SESSIONS
- Wednesday, January 3rd from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Registration will open on this page at noon on December 26th)
- Wednesday, February 7th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Registration will open on this page at noon on January 30th)
Step 2: Fee, Application and Background Check
If you choose to come on with us as a volunteer after attending the Volunteer Info Night , you will be asked to submit your volunteer fee, application and criminal background check (18 years and older). Volunteers are required to pay a one-time fee of $30 per adult and $20 per youth. This offsets the costs of your volunteer t-shirt and nametag, criminal background check, insurance, training materials, and administrative processing of running the volunteer program. This fee helps to ensure that the vast majority of our funding is spent directly on animal care. Please understand that your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forego volunteering. HSPPR does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes, (3) theft-related crimes or (4) animal neglect or cruelty within the last 7 years. HSPPR requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.
Step 3: Volunteer Orientation
Once you have submitted your fee, completed your application and background check, you are required to attend an orientation before you start volunteering. Volunteer Orientations typically occur on the last Saturday of the month, January – October. Volunteers must have completed the previous steps in order to attend an orientation.
Step 4: Ready, get set, volunteer!
Following orientation, you will be scheduled to attend a training session(s) to prepare you for your volunteer position. Some jobs require volunteers to attend our Safe Animal Handling training, where we review safety procedures and reading animal body language as well as proper handling of animals within a shelter environment.
All volunteer jobs, including non-animal handling jobs, may include classroom and on-the-job training.
If you still have general questions about volunteering, please contact us via email.