Volunteer

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
~Winston Churchill

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Animal Shelter. You’ll be able to spend time with cats or dogs while they eagerly await finding their “furever” home. Through the Shelter’s enrichment programs, volunteers can help animals socialize and get some fun time each day. Volunteers also help shelter staff ensure that the living environment for the animals in our care is safe and clean.  We are expanding opportunities for volunteers to use a variety of skills…

Join our great team of volunteers!

To learn how you can get involved, contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
Leta Rock-Wells at 518-885-4113 ext. 112 or e-mail [email protected]

 

Dog Care Volunteer

Duties:

  • Walk dogs
  • Enrichment activities
  • Assist with cleaning kennels when necessary
  • Assist with off-site events if interested

 Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age or older
  • Must attend Dog Care Volunteer training 

Hourly commitment:

  • Minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Work with volunteer coordinator to set up set schedule

Cat Care Volunteer

Duties:

  • Clean cat cages and communal housing
  • Standardized cleaning procedure
  • Enrichment activities
  • Move cats in and out of cages
  • Assist with off-site events if interested

 Requirements:

  • May volunteer from the age of 12 to 15 with a parent or guardian- 16 years of age or older may volunteer alone
  • Must attend a Cat Care Volunteer training

Hourly commitment:

  • Minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Work with volunteer coordinator to set up set schedule

Reading Rooms

This program allows you to read to and relax with some of the shy cats that are learning to be around people. Getting used to people and hearing human voices is an important next step for undersocialized cats to feel comfortable in a real home!