How to Volunteer

We are always looking for people who can help us save the lives of more dogs and cats. If you love animals and would like to help out in ways other than fostering, please read below to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Ready to Volunteer?
Fill out the Volunteer Application

What types of volunteer opportunities are available?

  • Intake Volunteer
  • Office Hours Volunteer
  • Let Out Volunteer
  • Event Transport Volunteer
  • Home Visit Volunteer
  • Transport Volunteer
  • Community/Fundraiser Event Volunteer
  • Secondhand Hope Volunteer
  • Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Here is how becoming a volunteer with Secondhand Hounds works:

You fill out the Volunteer Application which goes to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Your application is reviewed, and you will be sent some additional information about our organization. You will be required to complete a Volunteer Agreement online as well. Click here to download our Volunteer Handbook.  Some volunteer opportunities will include required training before duties can be performed.

Once approved, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator for various tasks through our weekly volunteer email.

Your choices listed on the volunteer application will determine what emails you receive from us. You can always be added or removed from various lists if your interests change. To be removed, please fill out this form.

It is up to you how much you volunteer! We have activities going on throughout the week that need volunteer support. You can choose to help more or less depending on your schedule.

We welcome all who would like to give their time to Secondhand Hounds and want to ensure all volunteers have a positive experience. Our volunteer positions vary in expectations and demands. For the safety of our volunteers, staff and animals, we request that a supervisor is provided if a person with a physical or intellectual disability would like to volunteer. For questions regarding this policy, please reach out to us on our Contact form.

If you need to fulfill service hours for any reason, we require you to have a minimum of 20 hours over one month in order to volunteer. Please keep in mind, our training classes for specific opportunities tend to book up a few weeks in advance. For any hours you need verified for projects, please email Amy at OfficeManager@secondhandhounds.org.

How Old Do I Need to Be to Volunteer?

  • Intake/Let Outs/Home Visits – must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Office Hours – at age 16 you can assist with office hours, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone.
  • Event/Transport – ages 12+ can volunteer with a parent/guardian, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone.

Can a large group volunteer together?

Unfortunately, we do not have any regular opportunities for larger groups. We are a foster-based rescue so all of our animals are in homes. However, we are ALWAYS appreciative of donation drives that groups would like to do for us – whether it is for monetary or supply donations (we take used supplies in good condition as well as new). Visit our Donation Wishlist to see what items we are in need of right now!

Questions?

If you have any questions on becoming a volunteer, please email Beth at: volunteering@secondhandhounds.org

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