Promoting adoption, spay/neuter, and forever homes

Get Involved with Animals: Volunteer Opportunities at SCACR

Love animals and have a little time to spare?  Want to help make a difference in the homeless pet overpopulation crisis?  Just want a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing you helped a homeless pet find his or her forever home?  There are so many different things you can do as a volunteer at Sacramento County Animal Care to help the critters, depending on your individual tastes, talents, and training.

There are many opportunities to help the shelter animals, at the shelter, from an adoption center or from your own home.  Most volunteers need to be at least 18 years old.  Some of the most popular volunteer activities are:

Adoption Counseling – Making appropriate matches between adopters and animals is critical to ensuring good life-long matches. Adoption volunteers must have actively volunteered for a period of six months, attend a Adoption Counseling Workshop and be approved by staff.

Adoption Programs  – All skill are needed to help make our events a success. Learn more about our off-site adoption event programs, LAPCATS and Friends of Unwanted Rabbits (F.U.R)

Animal Care – The most basic of functions within the shelter is the daily care of the animals. Following completion of initial cat or dog socializing training, volunteers are invited to train on morning feeding/cleaning and afternoon cage refreshing protocols. Help is desperately needed in this area due to severe cuts in staffing.

Cat Socialization – Petting, playing and socializing with our cats can help put them at ease in the shelter. Volunteers can also help clean and feed the cats. Three consecutive two-hour training sessions addressing safety, policies and procedures and handling/behavior lessons as required.

Clerical Assistance – Clerical volunteers assist with essential projects including adoption follow-up calling, data entry, mailings and general office work. Training is based upon the assigned project.

Dog Walking & Socialization – Spend time with our dogs on leisurely walks, playing ball, or just relaxing under a tree. Dogs are social animals and require lots of interaction. Volunteers must possess basic dog-handling skills and three consecutive two-hour training sessions addressing safety, policy/procedure and handling/behavior are required.

Foster/Sponsor Care Programs – Foster/sponsor care providers give our animals a chance for a new life by taking care of the animals until they are ready to be adopted. Read the Foster Care Provider flyer to learn more. Basic animal handling skills are required and training consists of an initial two-hour Foster Parent workshop and additional advanced level classes.

Fundraising – We need enthusiastic and professional people to help T.E.A.M (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter), the 501 (c)(3) non-profit shelter’s primary fundraising entity in raising funds to support programs of the shelter.

Greeter and Information Desk– Our greeters help visitors and assist them with finding animals, answer questions and provide information. Training consists of three two-hour group or individual sessions.

Humane Education – Help educate children in our community about important animal issues through in-school presentations. Volunteers must be free of an criminal record and undergo a background check, and have basic animal skills.

Lost & Found Coordination – Help reunite lost pets with their families by matching Lost & Found animal reports with the animals in the shelter and lost animal ads posted in various community sites. Training consists of 1 to 3 one-on-one training sessions with a shelter staff person or L & F volunteer.

Sewing and Cooking – Have you ever made homemade dog biscuits? We have two great recipes for you. Dogs just love our homemade Veggie Biscuits recipe and our Peanut Butter biscuits recipe. If sewing is more your thing, check out how you can create a custom cat bed for our shelter cats to snuggle in for a catnap.

Stuff Kongs – Kongs are wonderful for giving dogs “something to do” by stimulating their minds. Help stuff Kongs with peanut butter and goodies as a special treat to help dogs pass the time while at the shelter. You can also donate peanut butter and canned dog food; drop them off at the shelter anytime during open hours.

The next New Volunteer Orientation will be next Wednesday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. in the classroom at Sacramento County Animal Care, 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento (next to Safetyville),   Please spread the word and remind anyone interested in attending that there is no need to RSVP, but to please arrive a few minutes early, as we start at 6:00 p.m. sharp.

For more information about volunteering, contact Volunteer Coordinator Celeste Ingrid at (916) 875-5848.


July 5, 2011 - Posted by | Education, Events, SCACR, Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (TEAM), Volunteers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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