Do you want to volunteer with SAS?
Volunteers over the age of 18 are essential to us (if you are not quite there yet, please visit our Under 18 page to see how you can help in other ways). They care for our cats, dogs and small mammals, help to match homeless pets with new families, and aid in fundraising efforts.
We are often in need of new members of our team, but because training shelter volunteers has a financial cost, we do ask for a suggested (non-refundable) donation of $15 when you fill out a volunteer application. This covers the cost of training classes and materials as well as a volunteer t-shirt.
If you cannot afford this suggested fee, or cannot afford to pay the full $15, we understand completely. The fee is up to you.
Step1: To start the process please read our statement on culture here.
Step 2: If you feel our culture is the right fit for you, the next step is to make the donation by clicking here:
Our Volunteer Program Manager will then email you (typically within 48 hours) with further information pertaining to next steps (such as orientation and training details).
Please note, an application donation does not guarantee your placement into our volunteer program immediately. It is dependent upon appropriate matches and organizational need. However, your tax-deductible donation is good for life and will include a T-shirt after your 6 month orientation process.
If you have trouble making this donation, please e-mail AmandaEddy@ScituateAnimalShelter.org to discuss.
Here is a list of some of our typical volunteer needs and opportunities:
Adoption Counselor/Customer Service Volunteers Needed
We will be changing and expanding our hours so we are in need of adoption counselors/customer service volunteers right now.
Do you love helping animals and people? We’re currently looking for volunteers to help out at our front desk with showing animals for adoption, fielding calls, performing adoptions, and giving tours! Volunteer shifts are for 3-4 hours once a week and you must be able to commit to at least 8 months of volunteering because the training is somewhat extensive. Volunteers for this position must have a positive attitude and above all be easy going and a team player. You must not only have a love for animals but for helping people too. Our ideal candidate does not need to necessarily have extensive knowledge of dog and cats, but have the ability to be a friendly and welcoming presence even in a sometimes chaotic environment. Shift hours are during our open hours which will be:
- Sundays- 11-2:30
- Mondays- Closed
- Tuesdays- 2:30-7
- Fridays- Closed
- Saturdays- 11-2:30
Closed all federal Holidays (and Mondays and Fridays)
For more information please email Amanda at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the shifts that you would be available for, if you have experience handling difficult cats or dogs, and why you’d be interested in this volunteer position!
Dog Care (Some Openings)
Assist with caring for, exercising and socializing our resident dogs. Walk our resident dogs on our trails and socialize them by playing with them, training or grooming them! Other duties include cleaning kennels, doing laundry, washing dishes, and scooping poop.
Training to become a dog care volunteer takes approximately three sessions and you will learn about dog body language, the proper way to enter and exit the kennels, how to move through the kennel, how to leash the dogs up, and so much more.
Dog care volunteers commit to a two hour shift once a week: 8-10 am or 3-5 pm.
Cat Care (Some Openings)
Assist with caring for a socializing our resident cats. Duties include feeding, cleaning cages, changing litter boxes, doing laundry, washing dishes, sweeping and mopping. Socialize with resident cats by grooming, petting, loving and talking to them.
Cat care training generally takes two sessions of shadowing one of our experienced volunteers so you can learn all of what goes into taking care of our cats.
Cat care volunteers commit to a two hour shift once a week: 8-10 am or 3-5 pm.
Resource Desk Representative/Adoption Counselor (No Current Openings)
Resource Desk Representatives provide general Shelter information and tours to the public. Adoption Counselors also provide information and give tours, but in addition, they assist with introducing potential adopters to our animals, take calls from the public about available animals, interview potential adopters and assist with applications. Both positions help with copying, paperwork, filing and other administrative tasks as needed.
Volunteers commit to about a 2 1/2 hour shift once a week. Extensive training sessions are needed.
Board of Directors (Some Openings)
Many of the major decisions affecting the Shelter are made by our Board of Directors. The Board members are involved in overseeing the Shelter’s finances, staff, operations, major fundraisers and more. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please email email@example.com and reference Board Membership for more information and an application.
Board Committees (Some Openings)
The Board has formed several committees to help manage various aspects of Shelter operations and fundraising. You do not need to be a member of the Board to participate on a Committee.
Communications and Marketing Committee
Help our communications and marketing team with the writing, proofing and publication of our newsletters, appeal letters, e-news blasts and press releases to promote our adoptable animals and advertise the Shelter and upcoming fundraisers. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the Communications and Marketing Committee.
Maintain contact with the Shelter’s supporters, cultivate new prospects, and help plan, execute as staff large events to generate support for and raise public awareness of the Shelter. For more information, email our Executive Director at email@example.com and reference the Fundraising Committee.
Community and Public Relations Committee
Help organize and staff small events and community meet and greets and work on community outreach programs in local schools, nursing homes and assisted living communities. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the Community and Public Relations Committee.
Finance and Audit Committee
This committee oversees the Shelter’s investments and finances and is responsible for developing a strategic plan. For more information, email our Treasurer at email@example.com and reference the Finance and Audit Committee.
Human Resources and Nominating Committee.
This committee helps oversee Shelter staff as well as recruiting new Board members. For more information, email our Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the HR and Nominating Committee.
Help educate the public about the Shelter and our mission. Make presentations at local schools and civic organizations. Join Staff and other Volunteers at local fairs and events and speak with the public about the Shelter. For more information, email email@example.com and reference Human Education Volunteer.
Work with the Facilities Manager on projects that enhance and maintain the Shelter both inside and outside. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference Landscaping Volunteer.