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Volunteer FAQ

If you have any other questions, please contact our Volunteer Program Supervisor.

How do I become a volunteer?

- All volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation and follow up meeting before volunteering.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Individuals 12–15 years of age are referred to as Junior Volunteers and must have a parent/adult (18 years of age or older) volunteer with them at all times and those 16 years of age and older can volunteer on their own.

When can I volunteer?

- Volunteer Hours: 8am - 7pm, every day (except major holidays)

How often can I volunteer?

- Volunteers are able to assist as often as they’d like. There isn’t a maximum or minimum amount of hours required to volunteer; unless assigned by school, work, church, or court.

What if I need community service hours for school, work or church?

- Inform the Volunteer Program Supervisor prior to orientation.
- There is a community service hours request form that needs to be filled out 3-4 days prior to needing the printout of the community service hours and will signed and filled out accordingly.
- If an additional form needs to be completed, it can be attached to the community service hours request form.

What if I need community service hours for court?

- Inform the Volunteer Program Supervisor prior to orientation.
- Documentation must be provided stating the reason for the community service order with hours needed before attending an orientation.
- We cannot enroll those serving community service hours for acts involving alcohol, drugs, violence, theft, child or animal abuse/cruelty, or sex crimes.

Is there a dress code?

- A volunteer t-shirt or apron and badge will be provided to all volunteers
- Only closed-toe shoes are allowed
- Jeans, Capris or Knee-Length Shorts

Can I use my phone or listen to an IPod or MP3 player while volunteering?

- No, we would like for volunteers to focus all of their attention on the animals.

Can I use my phone while volunteering?

- Please only use your phone for emergencies or during breaks.

SAHS Values

- Customer Service, We treat every customer, internal and external, with courtesy.
- Adaptability, We are willing to accommodate unpredictability in the workplace.
- Respect, We are honest, practice patience, and demonstrate care and understanding with all animals in our shelter.
- Responsibility, We are punctual, ready to work at our scheduled time, and get our jobs done in timely manner.
- Integrity, We are trustworthy and strive to do the right thing.

If at any time a volunteer does not comply with the SAHS values, they will be dismissed as a volunteer.

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