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Volunteer FAQ's

Volunteer- FAQ's

What do volunteers do?

It is the job of volunteers to give loving care to the animals available for adoption at the Bay Area Humane Society and help the staff provide a clean, wholesome environment for the animals in their care.  The duties of a volunteer will vary depending on whether you are a trainee or a full-fledged volunteer and in what capacity you choose to serve. 

Why are volunteers important?

At any given time, the shelter may have up to 250 animals in the building experiencing varying degrees of stress. These animals have suddenly lost everything that was familiar in their lives and now find themselves is a new environment, surrounded by strange sights, sounds and smells. There are simply not enough staff hours in the day to give every animal the optimal amount of attention to keep them emotionally and physically healthy. Volunteers help fill this need and play a very important role in the quality of life animals experience at the shelter while they await adoption.

Is there a fee for volunteering?

Volunteers will be required to purchase a volunteer t-shirt (for a minimal fee) that must be worn at all times when volunteering. 

Besides the t-shirt, is there a dress code?

Please wear clothing that is both safe and appropriate for a family-oriented organization. A BAHS volunteer t-shirt is required at all times when volunteering. Please wear close-toed shoes with non-slip soles, long pants (jeans or khakis, no sweats or leggings.) and your shirt should completely cover your torso. All clothing should be free of any images or slogans that may offend others or cause others to be uncomfortable. A volunteer name tag must be worn at all times.

Can I bring guests/visitors?

Volunteers may not bring friends or guests along to “help out” unless the friends have also been trained and signed the volunteer agreement.

When are volunteers able to serve?

Active volunteers are welcome to schedule themselves for any available shifts via the online Volunteer Portal. Shifts are during our adoption hours.

Can’t I just come in and walk the dogs?

No. Shelter animals are highly stressed and deserve to be handled with skill and consistency. All volunteers and staff are trained before working with animals.

How do I apply?

Our application process has been halted at this time due to a backlog of applications. Please check back sometime in October. Thank you.

What do I do if I have more questions?

You can contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 920-469-3110 x117 or Volunteer@bayareahumanesociety.com.

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