Volunteer FAQ

GOT QUESTIONS?

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?
You must be at least 16 years of age

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. You can hold a donation drive for items from our Wishlist.


You can also make dog toys and/or dog & cat beds. If you need samples of different projects, email Ellen at eduffey@dakinhumane.org.

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 are taking immuno-suppressive drugs, 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 tab 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. 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. We do make an exception to the 6 month commitment for students who are home for the summer.

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.

HOW DO I SET MY SCHEDULE?
Volunteers have assigned schedules based on their availability. Once the schedule is set, volunteers can then edit & update it using our online portal. Access to this portal begins once you have completed training.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS DURING WHICH VOLUNTEERS CAN WORK?
Work hours depend upon the job that you are doing and are covered in our Volunteer Orientation. For example, kennel assistants (cleaners in dog kennel and cattery) work from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. every morning. Certain roles have a mid-day shift beginning at noon and our last shifts of the day are from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. On-site volunteer jobs are only done when staff are working at the shelter, generally between the hours of 8am and 5:30pm daily. 
The exception to this is in Nick’s Nursery (a specialized kitten care unit), where the shifts are four hours long and the final daily shift is 4:00pm – 8:00pm. This is a seasonal role (June – October) and requires additional training.

OKAY, I’D LOVE TO HELP!  WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
Please register here for our next new volunteer orientation at:

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