There are many ways to volunteer at PAHS. Whether you chose to work behind the scenes, in our shelter or from home. Every volunteer is a treasure.
Companion volunteers care for the animals at the shelter or at offsite locations and events. You can train for three types of companion programs:
Program support volunteers offer assistance at the shelter or at offsite locations or events, not working directly with the animals. You can train for three types of program supports programs:
Program Volunteer Activities:
Fosters care for the animals in a home environment and handles all care during the animal’s stay. You can sign up for any or all of the four types of foster programs:
Some of the dogs and cats you work with may be un-adoptable and therefore may be chosen for euthanasia. You must be able to focus on what you can do to make each animal you work with as comfortable as possible. We ask that you provide as much loving care as you can during each pet’s stay with us. Please show consideration to the shelter staff who are directly involved with the making of these difficult decisions.
Volunteers must wear the appropriate attire for the position while volunteering as explained in the position description; example: long pants and appropriate footwear. Hats should not be worn by volunteers while working in the shelter as they obscure your identity and may also frighten some of the animals.
Volunteers need to perform the essential functions as they are described in the Position Description and as instructed during training and by the Team Leader or Volunteer Staff during the shift.
Volunteers are not allowed to bring friends, family members or pets with them during their scheduled volunteer shifts into areas that are off limits to the public. Only people who are over the age of 18 and have been trained as a volunteer in our program are allowed to be in the off limit areas of the facility. Volunteers may accompany their friends and family members to the Adoption rooms outside of their scheduled volunteer hours during shelter adoption hours.
The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is strictly forbidden when handling any of our animals. This is for the safety of the animal and the person handling the animal. You may use these devices only when you are not handling an animal.
Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as volunteers, whether this information involves a single staff member, volunteer, client, animal, other person or overall PAHS business. Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination from the program or other corrective action. All volunteers will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement as a condition to volunteer.
Volunteer Photographers agree that any product(s) (i.e., photos, videos, etc.) resulting from their services to PAHS are deemed “works made for hire” and that PAHS is deemed the author and shall retain all proprietary rights in the product(s) including the copyright and trademark rights. Photographers do not have authorization to use photographs for their own needs or sell or release them to the public without prior written permission from the Director of Development and Communications.
While volunteering with PAHS, volunteers must not engage in the following:
Discriminatory or racist statements or behaviors.
Sexual harassment, for example, jokes, innuendos, insults, sexist remarks, and the display of derogatory or pornographic pictures, leering, touching, or kissing.
The use of any alcohol or illegal drugs.
Any unlawful or inappropriate activity.