July 12, 2015

Volunteer

FMAR is always looking for volunteers. We offer volunteer opportunities for:

  • Individuals who want to work with the animals,  help us out on the administrative end or offer their expertise to our organization
  • Corporations who want to implement a corporate volunteer program. FMAR would love to work with your corporation to set up a Annual Day of Giving or ongoing volunteer opportunities
  • Community Groups, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts who want to do acts of service

Have a question? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Margaret Mayol


Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Retreat Volunteer

  • Individuals who want to work with animals, help us with administrative tasks or offer their expertise to our organization
  • Corporations who want to implement a corporate volunteer program. FMAR would love to work with your corporation to set up an Animal Day of Giving or ongoing volunteer opportunities
  • Community Groups, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, who want to do acts of service

*Note: We ask that individual volunteers can commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week.

Qualifications

  • 18 years old or accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Willingness to get dirty
  • Past and/or present dog ownership is helpful, but not required
  • Must have patience with overactive canines
  • Must be able to handle large active canines

Dog Retreat Volunteer Responsibilities

                Cleaning:

  • Sanitize kennels
  • Clean kitchen, dog bowls and toys
  • Replace and wash bedding material as needed

Dog Care:

  • Feed and supply fresh water on schedule
  • Look for signs of distress/illness and report to shift leader

Socialization: Very important to help make our dogs more adoptable

  • Take to play yard for exercise
  • Take to Meet & Greet room to expose them to a home-like setting
  • Take to Training Room to work on basic training (ex. SIT, DOWN, STAY, and OFF commands)
  • Take on a walk down the road to train dogs to be comfortable walking on a leash
  • Take puppies to Puppy Corner for play

Get Started

  1. Contact the shelter to add your name and contact information to our volunteer waitlist or email Margaret Mayol, FMAR Volunteer Coordinator.
  2. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator to check on your availability when there is an opening

The Next Steps

After you are contacted that there is an opening

  1. Attend Orientation and watch training videos
  2. Attend your assigned training shift under the supervision of your shift leader for at least four sessions
  3. When your shift leader decides you have enough training to work on your own, your status will be updated from trainee to volunteer. At that time you will be added to our volunteer wait list and you will get an invitation to join our online Volunteer Communication Hub.

Cat Kennel Technician Volunteer

Responsibilities:

  • Clean and sanitize kennels as directed and trained.
  • Feeding and watering the cats/kittens as trained.
  • Washing, sanitizing, drying and storing kennel dishes and your hands as trained.
  • Replace bedding materials as needed.
  • Look for signs of distress/illness in the animals.

Importance of Position:

To keep cats comfortable and give them a healthy and safe environment.

Qualifications:

  • 18 years old
  • Willingness to get dirty
  • Past and/or present cat ownership desired
  • Must have patience with scared, overactive and inquisitive felines
  • Must be able to handle 5-8 felines in one kennel

Responsible to:

Volunteer coordinator and kennel technician trainer.

Training Provided:

Trained volunteers/personnel will give a minimum of 2 hours of training.  Training will consist of both verbal and hands on training. Upon completion of training the trainee will be responsible for following up and asking questions.

After completion of training the trainer will watch the trainee complete a minimum of 2 more “hands on” sessions before leaving trainee to work on his or her own.

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