Flex Caregiver volunteers assist in providing care to shelter pets, ensuring their living environment remains safe, clean and as comfortable as possible. With significant changes in the population of cats and dogs in New England, we see far fewer animals in our adoption centers each year. This is due to targeted low-cost spay/neuter programs in our community, as well as our efforts to keep pets and owners together through our community outreach program.
We have also begun seeing more challenging animals come through our doors, meaning there are fewer volunteer-friendly animals in our adoption centers. New volunteers should understand that job responsibilities will involve more hands-off support initially. There will be opportunities to expand to hands-on animal care with experience and training. Our small animal population is still robust, so hands-on opportunities with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small animals will be available.
- Animal care volunteers will work with a variety of species, including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and other exotics. Dogs may become an option for some volunteers after successful demonstration of skills and commitment in other animal care areas.
- Volunteers clean, disinfect enclosures, and provide appropriate food, water, litter, toys and bedding along with interacting and socializing with the animals.
- Some level of comfort with various species
- Some knowledge of animal body language
- Ability to work independently and with other volunteers.
- Ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment. This role is not a suitable match for individuals who do best with routine tasks.
- Ability to quickly make good judgments, for the safety of the individual, staff, other volunteers, and animals.
- Ability to perform physical labor for the duration of shift, use stepladder, and lift and/or pull up to 40 pounds.
- Attendance at orientation and on-the-job training
- A weekly 3 hour shift, Monday – Friday 7:30am-10:30am. This must be on the same day each week. No Saturday or Sunday shifts available.
- If selected to work with dogs, additional time for trainings may be required.
- Minimum of 1 year commitment