Jan 9 2009

10 wonderful ways to volunteer at Wayside Waifs

You might be surprised how many volunteer opportunities we have at Wayside Waifs. Volunteers support every aspect of what we do, from intake and day-to-day animal care, to foster care and adoption, to education and outreach.

To learn more, visit the volunteer section of our website, where you will find more information on training and experience required for all of our volunteer positions, and instructions on how to fill out an volunteer application.

Here are 10 volunteer positions where we could use more helping hands and compassionate hearts. Is one of them right for you?


Adoption Counter Assistant
– Help our waifs find new homes! Greet customers, assist potential adopters in the application process, explain adoption procedures, describe the responsibilities of pet ownership, and assist with answering messages, filing and copying.

Bathing & Grooming
– Roll up your sleeves and help us bathe, brush, and trim our furry friends. (We’ll teach you how – you don’t have to be a pro!)

Building & Grounds Maintenance – Help us keep our grounds and facilities in excellent condition for our animal and human guests. Assist with mowing, landscaping projects, maintenance of the Pet Memorial Park, facility care and upkeep.

Canine Companion/Advocate – Puppy love needed! If you are a dog lover, you can help socialize dogs and puppies and introduce them to potential adopters. Or take it up a notch and become a WAGS Trainer, training shelter dogs with simple non-verbal commands (excellent, informative training provided!)

Data for Dogs
– With thousands of dogs coming through the shelter each year, we have a lot of information to manage. Are you an organizational whiz with an eye for detail? We could use your help updating files and providing administrative assistance.

Digital Photography – Are you a shutterbug? We need volunteers with photographic know-how to take on-site photos of animals and Wayside Waifs events (and write captions for the photos, too). You could even see your images featured on this blog!

Follow-up Volunteer – Are you an animal lover and a people person? This important position contacts recent adopters regarding their pets and maintain follow-up contact info. We also need Greeters to welcome shelter guests and explain Wayside procedures, and Receptionists to answer phones, direct visitors, and answer questions about the shelter.

Humane Educator
– Do you have a well-trained, well-socialized companion animal? Do have experience teaching or giving presentations? Our Humane Educators work with their companion animal to make educational group presentations.

Kitty Cuddler/Advocate – Are you a cat lover? We need your help socializing cats and kittens and showing cats to potential adopters.

Mobile Adoptions
– Hit the road and help our waifs find homes! Mobile Adoption volunteers show adoptable Wayside pets on-site at community events.

To learn more about how to apply and qualify for these volunteer positions – and to find out about more volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups – visit our volunteer page.


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