Volunteer FAQ

GOT QUESTIONS?

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?
You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in the shelter.  You must be at least 18 years of age to foster an animal.

IF I’M TOO YOUNG TO VOLUNTEER, IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN HELP?
Yes! At-home projects can be a great way to help the animals. Some examples of ideas include holding a lemonade stand or bake sale and donating the proceeds to Dakin Humane Society. Find out more about these and other ways to help  here.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING?
Volunteers must be able to follow directions and communicate with staff, volunteers, and the general public with a friendly, can-do attitude. Volunteers often work independently on projects with little supervision from staff. Some positions may be physically demanding.

If you have a medical condition, you should check with your doctor before you start volunteering in an animal care role.

DO YOU HAVE A FOSTER CARE PROGRAM?
Yes, and the whole family can help with this rewarding job! We’re always looking for people who can provide temporary care and housing to young or ill animals. Please check out the Foster page to learn more or contact Foster@dakinhumane.org for more details.

IS THERE A MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT?
Yes.If you have an animal-care job, we request that you agree to volunteer for at least two hours/week for 6 months OR 40 hours per month for a minimum of 3 months. You are welcome to work more hours if your schedule allows. We apologize for imposing such stringent requirements. Our staff and existing volunteers invest substantial time and effort into training new “recruits”. Having a large turnover puts a strain on everyone involved. Please consider whether or not you are able to honor this commitment before completing the application. 

IS THIS A GOOD FIT FOR ME IF I HAVE A SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL THAT IS UNDER 20 HOURS OR A GROUP VOLUNTEER DAY WITH MY OFFICE?
Because of the amount of time required to attend orientation and training classes, service hour requirements under 20 hours and one day projects are often not a good fit. The program can take several hours before you will be eligible to begin actual volunteer shifts. If your initial interest in volunteering starts with a service requirement that needs a letter, and you hope to continue beyond those hours, we may be a good fit for you.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS DURING WHICH VOLUNTEERS CAN WORK?
Work hours depend upon the job that you are doing. On-site volunteer jobs are only done when staff are working at the shelter, generally between the hours of 8am and 5:30pm daily.

Other jobs, such as helping with special events, have varied schedules.

OKAY, I’D LOVE TO HELP!  WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
Take a look at our current opportunities and see if one is a match for you!

If you have questions, please contact our volunteer office at volunteer@dakinhumane.org.