VOLUNTEERING - The precious gift of time
Volunteers are critical parts of non-profits throughout the world, including here at WCHS. Our volunteers not only help to lighten the load of our staff, but by donating their time and talents, volunteers ensure that shelter operations can progress to a new level by assisting in socializing the animals, cleaning the shelter and helping at events and fundraisers. Staff and volunteers work together not only in animal care giving, but also in sharing the WCHS mission throughout the shelter and the community.
When you join WCHS as a volunteer you will become part of a team working to make our community a safer and more humane place for all living creatures. Each time you leave the shelter you will be rewarded in knowing that you’ve created one more wagging tail, a purr and a smile.
Interact with adoptable cats while providing them with a clean cage. Cleaners commit to one day a week (Monday–Saturday) from 8:00 a.m. to noon helping to care for our adoptable cats. Responsibilities include scooping litter boxes, providing fresh food and water, wiping down cat condos, washing dishes, and doing laundry. This is a great way to help with the everyday workings of the shelter!
Do you love dogs? Looking to get some exercise? Then our dog walking program is for you! Give our adoptable dogs the attention and exercise they need. Dog walking takes place Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and/or 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Do you love cats and enjoy interacting with them? Volunteers are needed to play, groom, and spend quality time with our adoptable ADULT cats. No kittens participate in this program. Hours for the program are Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon.
WCHS has a variety of small animals that need handling and attention. Volunteers give these animals time out of their cages to exercise, get more comfortable being handled, and help with the adoption floor jitters. Volunteers enrolled in the Small Animal Program should be comfortable with small animals of all kinds. This program runs Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers under the age of 18 (14-17 years old) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to participate in this program.
Share your love, compassion, and home with an animal that needs a little extra TLC and would benefit from some time outside the shelter. In exchange for caring for the animal, we provide all the necessary litter, food, equipment, and medication for each animal.
To ensure the safety and health of your household pets, we do not allow our shelter animals to interact with any other animals in your home. We require homes to have a separate room to quarantine shelter cats at all times and homes must be able to keep shelter dogs separate from other pets at all times. Our Foster Care program requires a home visit from our Volunteer Coordinator.
Greet people as they arrive at the shelter, take them around to see our adoptable animals, work with customers to match animals with suitable homes, and help customers complete adoption applications. We ask volunteers to commit to one day per week. Adoption counseling takes place during the hours that the shelter is open to the public: Monday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come to the shelter and pick up posters for our events. Post them around the community! Volunteers can also work from home printing and posting flyers to get the word out about the various events and happenings at the shelter. Volunteers printing their own documents need a home computer and printer.
Do you love gardening and yard work? WCHS is a large facility with lots of outdoor space that needs a little tender love and care from time to time. As a part of this group, you will be added to a list of volunteers we will call upon when various landscaping projects are needed. A few regular, one day per week shifts may be open depending on the season and the need. Tasks include things like moving/transplanting plants, pulling weeds, watering, spreading mulch, lawn mowing, weed whacking, cleaning up the grass around the trees, and more!
WCHS is invited to many community events throughout the year, especially in the summer months. Community Ambassadors attend these events on behalf of WCHS to raise awareness about the shelter, educate the public about WCHS and showcase our many amazing adoptable animals while attending these functions. Volunteers help for a period of 2-4 hours and typically the events are on Saturdays. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and have a vehicle to be a community ambassador. If you have an outgoing personality and like conversing with new people, this might be just the fit for you!
Our Pet-A-Pet Therapy Program is a wonderful way to brighten up your day and the day of someone who needs your time and the love of your special pet. Volunteers in this program share their own favorite pet with residents of nursing homes, those with special needs, and other members of the community that can benefit from spending some time with a therapy animal. The WCHS Volunteer Coordinator will schedule a day and time each week for a volunteer and their animal to spend at a facility that WCHS partners with. All Pet-A-Pet animals must be up-to-date on immunizations and be certified therapy animals.
Not certified yet? Please consider going through the process and singing up to volunteer. This program is a great way to give back to the community and get involved and WCHS! Please reach out to the WCHS volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Do you have a calm, mellow dog that enjoys the company of children? If so, Reading with Rover may be a great fit for you! WCHS partners with the West Bend Community Library Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children come to the library to read to your dog! As a nonjudgmental listener, your dog can be a key component in helping these children gain the confidence they need to become great readers. You must have a certified therapy dog to volunteer for this program. If your dog is not certified, please consider going through the certification process and getting involved in this program! For more information, please contact the WCHS Volunteer Coordinator.
Do you love to bake? WCHS has several fundraisers throughout the year and one way we raise money is by selling delicious baked treats! Depending on the fundraiser, bakers are asked to bake 2-5 dozen of their favorite cookies, bars, breads, cakes, or other goodies. Bakers must be able to deliver bakery donations to WCHS or the specified place where the event will be held. This opportunity is a terrific option for families, scout troops and other student organizations.
If you are interested in baking for one of our events or bake sales, please email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a Baker Application. You will get an email with the details about bakery needs when an event is coming up.
WCHS has several events throughout the year and we are always looking for volunteers to help. If you have limited time, but would like to help a couple times a year, special events may be a fit for you. This can involve anything from baking, making crafts, setting up and breaking down supplies, and helping during the event. Scouts, school groups (14 years and older), and adults each can help in different ways at our events. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Are you looking for a group opportunity?
Please visit this link for off-site project ideas that can be done by groups of any age! Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about group opportunities.
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