All volunteers are first required to fill out an application. You may turn in your completed application at the shelter, or send it to the volunteer coordinator. Please allow for up to 2 weeks to be contacted after turning in your application. After submitting your application, you will be assigned to an orientation. Volunteer assignments are then arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure the best placement for both the volunteer and MCHS. Prospective volunteers must complete required training for the desired volunteer position, prior to establishing a weekly volunteer schedule. Due to risk of injury, all volunteers will sign a release of liability before beginning their training.
Volunteers 18 years of age and over can participate in all aspects of the volunteer program. Volunteers under the age of 18 may not work directly with the animals; volunteers who are at least 15 years of age may assist in other areas of volunteering. Volunteers may choose the area they wish to help in and must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers may be terminated if work fails to meet acceptable standards, if the volunteer fails to follow the proper procedures and rules established by the organization, or if the time commitment is not met.
Training and Scheduling
Training is provided by MCHS staff or seasoned volunteers. The new volunteer will be taught all of the skills necessary for his/her assignment. After training, the Volunteer Coordinator will make an evaluation to determine how best to utilize a volunteer's time and skills. We encourage volunteers to explore the many different aspects of the MCHS volunteer program and not to limit their volunteer experience to just one area.
We ask each volunteer to make a 1-year commitment with a minimum of 2 hours per week. (Some special projects may require less than a 1-year commitment and are arranged by the Volunteer Coordinator).
Volunteers working with animals should wear denim-type pants -- no stretch pants, sweat pants, skirts, or shorts while volunteering. Closed-toe shoes and long sleeves are required at all times.
The MCHS's Volunteer Program offers many diverse opportunities for our volunteers, and we welcome and encourage participation from all members of the community.
If you have questions about the volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.