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Kelly (left) is a regular volunteer who comes weekly to walk our dogs. She is always on time, helpful and very dedicated. Kelly is also always very friendly, she will let staff know if a dog needs to be looked at or stop to clean up a mess.

Meet Emily (right) and her daughter. Emily fostered a beagle that came in with a deep cut on her paw. She needed to be coned to keep her from licking it which prevents healing. Emily took her home and in no time she was healed right up. A detailed description written by Emily and she was adopted very quickly!


Diane (above) comes in and spruces up our catrooms so they stay clean and presentable.


Volunteer orientations will be held on an as-needed basis, when the shelter is in need of more volunteers. Typically they are held every couple months, and the orientation dates will be listed at the bottom of this page. There are several volunteer opportunities at HART. Here are our current volunteer jobs:

* Special Events Helpers

* Animal Transporters

* Education Helpers

* Foster Care Parents

* Dog Walkers

* Cat Care Helpers

Requirements for Volunteers:

* Must be 16 years old or older to volunteer alone

* Dog walkers and cat care helpers need to be available for at least one shift per week (shifts are about 1 hour)

* All volunteers need to be active, volunteering a minimum of 4 times a year

* Animal Transporters need to be 25+ years old in order to be covered by our vehicle insurance

Need hours for school, community service, or for a special group?

These types of volunteers are handled on a case by case basis. Such volunteers will help with various kennel tasks around the shelter or with special projects. Please contact the Assistant Shelter Manager (Camille Haglin) or Donna Wambeke.

How to start volunteering:

* Attend the next volunteer orientation available. All volunteer jobs will be explained in detail at the orientations to help you decide where you will fit in best.

* Orientations will last 1-2 hours, depending on group size

* Volunteer applications will be available at the orientations to be filled out and turned in afterward. They are not available at the shelter during regular hours.


HART is always in need of foster people, and it is a great, rewarding experience that truly saves lives.




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