COVID-19 and Volunteering
As has been communicated in previous emails, we are “open for business,” but the shelter facility is closed to the public as well as volunteers. This means that our regular volunteer opportunities and shifts are cancelled for the time being. We will keep you updated, no less than bi-weekly via this newsletter, regarding the status of the shelter facility and volunteer opportunities.
We want to continue to engage you in your passion for helping our animals. So, we’ve developed some new opportunities that will allow you to continue to provide enrichment for our dogs while protecting the health of our employees in light of COVID-19. Beginning in the coming week, we will be offering the following:
- Tip Top Shelter Dogs Training Classes – Carolyn Frias, Dog Program Manager and certified dog trainer, will offer training classes twice a week in the parking lot. Qualified volunteers can sign up in My Impact (up to 6 volunteers per class) up to 24 hours in advance. Each volunteer in the class will be assigned a dog to work with in basic training such as eye contact, sit, down, target training, and impulse control with a food bowl. Qualifications: must be 16+ years old, signed a Volunteer Agreement, have attended New Volunteer Orientation, and completed Dog Safety/Level 1 Training.
- Off-Site Group Adventures – Twice weekly, a small group of 5 volunteers will take dogs out to East Fork State Park for a group hike. Volunteers are expected to follow CDC social distancing recommendations as well as our guidelines for keeping dogs an appropriate distance apart. Volunteers are expected to transport dogs in their personal vehicle. Qualified volunteers can sign up in My Impact up to 24 hours in advance. Each volunteer in the group will be assigned a dog to transport and walk with. Supplies such as crates, poop bags, and water bowls will be provided by the shelter. Qualifications: must be 16+ years old, signed a Volunteer Agreement, have attended New Volunteer Orientation, and completed Dog Safety/Level 1 Training.
If these opportunities prove to be popular with volunteers, we may add additional days per week for each. We also will continue to think creatively about how volunteers can continue to help without being in the building.
Cat Volunteers – We know that you want to continue to help as well. Unfortunately, all work with cats is inside the building at this time. If you would like to cross-train for the above dog opportunities, please email Lee Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you started. Otherwise, we ask for your patience and hope that you will stay a part of our team as we navigate this unusual situation!
If employees get sick or are otherwise unable to come to work, we will need our volunteers! We are putting together an Emergency Animal Care Team of volunteers to be on-call and fill in if this happens. The number of people in the facility will still be limited so as to limit exposure risk while still providing needed care to our animals. To join the team, please complete Emergency Animal Care Training in My Impact.
We are also still in need of temporary emergency fosters, for both dogs and cats. If you are interested in fostering, please email email@example.com so that we can help to place an animal with you!
Interested in Doing More?
We have some open volunteer roles that we are looking to fill – dogs, cats, and administrative! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in learning more!
- Off-Site Cat Care Leader for Petco Milford
- Off-Site Adoption Event Leader for PetPeople Anderson
- Off-Site Adoption Event Leader for Petco Amelia
- Volunteer Services Assistant