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Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us!  We rely heavily on volunteers to give the animals the quality of care that we feel is important and to do be able to offer all the programs that we do. We depend on our volunteers and expect you to take this commitment seriously. Please take some time to read through the various volunteer opportunities available at the animal shelter and see if there is a position that interests you and if you can meet the requirements and commitment we ask. Those 18 years of age and older should fill out the “Adult Volunteer Application.” Those between the ages of 12 and 17 should fill out the “Junior Volunteer Application.” For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerwithanimals@rpcity.org or 707-584-2971. Thank you again so much for your interest. We hope to see you volunteering at the animal shelter soon!

We are now using an online registration system.  Please click on the appropriate link and complete an application.

School Required Community Service: 2-20 hours

No application required – just sign up online and start volunteering!

If you are doing volunteer work as part of a school requirement, we recommend that you start with our School Required Community Service Program. This opportunity is for students from age 12 to 17. Information, including specific dates and times for these volunteer opportunities, can be found on Sign-Up Genius at www.tinyurl.com/jvschool. The type of volunteer work in this position varies depending on the current needs of the shelter. It could be anything from cleaning a storage shed to weeding our dog exercise fields. Once your school required community service hours have been completed you can apply for our on-going Junior Volunteer program to stay on as a shelter volunteer if desired.

Junior Volunteer Program – 20+ hours (limited positions available)

We know you love animals and are eager to help out. We appreciate your enthusiasm but need to make it clear from the beginning that if you volunteer here, it will be work! For JV’s we ask a minimum commitment of 2 morning sDSCF2758hifts each month for at least 6 months.

Shifts are from 9:00am–12:00pm and are available seven days a week including holidays!

Keeping the animals clean and healthy is our first priority. Junior Volunteers assist in the day-to-day care of our animals including keeping up with the loads of laundry, washing dishes, restocking supplies and all the little details that keep a shelter running smoothly. As time permits (remember, cleaning is the priority), socializing with the animals is the reward when all the work is done! The animals are petted and played with and given that extra attention that is so important for the mental well-being of a confined animal. We are here seven days a week; you can do your hours on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and any day during school breaks. The Junior Volunteer program requires submitting an application and attending an orientation and training before you can begin.

Adult Volunteers

Because of the training and paperwork involved, we ask our adults for a minimum commitment of 1 shift per week, for at least six months (preferably on a regular schedule). There are several areas that you can volunteer in. Please read the following descriptions and see if an area matches your skills and interests.

Kennel Assistants

Keeping the animals clean and healthy is our first priority.  Volunteers assist in the day-to-day care of our animals including the nitty-gritty cleaning of all the runs and cages and litterboxes; keeping up with the endless loads of laundry; washing dishes; restocking supplies and all the little details that keep a shelter running smoothly.  This is the most hands-on, direct animal care!

Front Office Assistants

When we are open to the public – Wednesdays-Sundays starting at 1:00 p.m. – our front office is a busy place!  Answer phones, make copies, assist the public, and eventually learn to do adoptions.  If you are a people person this may be the place for you!

Animal Socializing

-Cat Cuddler – Being caged is frustrating and boring. Help keep our cats sane and social by giving them the extra attention they need. Includes grooming, nail trimming, and lots of loving.

Dog Handler – Our dogs needs regular exercise and socialization, not to mention a little training. Most of our dogs are very exuberant and require patience. Several training sessions are required but some prior dog handling experience is preferred.

-Bunny Huggers – Small companion animals need daily handling to remain friendly and social. Also includes grooming, nail trimming, and giving treats.  Bunny Huggers assist with our monthly “Meet the Bunny” events.

Foster Care

Bring orphaned, young kittens, or moms with litters, into your home so they have a clean, quiet place to grow up.  Animals are returned to the shelter for adoption when they are ready (yes, you have to give them back!).  Usually is a 2-8 week commitment per litter.  Here’s a politically correct way to have kittens!

For more information about foster care, please click here.

Adoption outreach

Promote adoptions and public awareness by bringing animals to off-site locations, usually weekends or evenings. Need office training for paperwork and must be a people person!

Vet assistant

Assist with spay/neuter surgeries and health checks. Make up medications, prepare surgical packs and more.  Great experience for future vets and techs.

Fundraising/Special Events

The Animal Shelter League is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the shelter through fundraising and special community events.  If working inside the shelter is not for you, here is a great way to still help the animals!

For more information about the Animal Shelter League, please click here.

Other jobs

Have a particular skill to share?  Photography? Web Savvy? Data entry? Carpentry? Sewing?  Graphic design?  Let’s find a way to use your skills!

Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities we have available at this time, please submit an application and you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator. You will be asked to attend an orientation and a training session in your area of interest. If these positions do not meet your needs or interests at this time, we understand, and thank you for thinking of us.

Want more info?  Contact volunteerwithanimals@rpcity.org