How do I become an AWA Volunteer?
Simply complete a volunteer application! For children 12 to 15 years of age, an application must be submitted for both the child and parent/legal guardian. If you are 16 or 17, you may complete and submit an application, and you will need to provide written parental consent.
After you submit your application, our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you within two weeks to schedule orientation.
How do I sign up for orientation?
Following your application submission, our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you within two weeks. They will provide you with the necessary information about attending our volunteer orientation.
What training is involved before I can start to volunteer?
After our volunteer coordinator receives your application, you will be invited to attend an orientation. Orientations are held two to three times per month from 6 to 7pm in the Pet Clinic. When you are contacted, you will receive more information about specific dates.
Following orientation, you will need to complete Level 1 training. Level 1 volunteers do not handle animals. During this time, you will learn about AWA’s procedures and facility needs. You may then continue training depending on what volunteer work you would like to do.
Is there specific training for what I want to do?
Following orientation and Level 1 training, you may attend a training class for animal handling (either dogs, cats or bunnies). Once you have completed this training, you can continue you’re ready to offer companionship through play and petting.
Volunteers can attend training classes to learn advanced dog and cat handling techniques. Following completion of this program, you will help mentor other volunteers on dog and/or cat handling.
More information about training will be covered in your volunteer handbook.
What volunteer opportunities are there at AWA?
There is truly something for everyone who wants to volunteer at AWA! Volunteers are always needed for our education, outreach and events, as well as administrative help. There are also opportunities caring for our animals and becoming involved in our foster program.
How often do I need to volunteer?
You may choose to volunteer as little or as often as you’d like. If you do not volunteer within 90 days of orientation or you are inactive for 1 year, you will no longer be in our volunteer database. If this happens, you will have to re-submit the application, attend orientation and begin training.
What if I only want to do specific volunteer work? (ex. only dogs, etc.)
Depending on what volunteer work you would like to be involved in, you will need to complete different levels of training. AWA asks all volunteers to help in different areas when help is needed.
What age can children volunteer?
AWA is proud to allow children as young as 12 to volunteer, but children ages 12 to 15 must volunteer WITH A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN. Ages 16 and 17 may volunteer with written parental consent.
Are there restrictions on what children can do?
Yes. For the safety of our volunteers, staff and animals, there are some restrictions. For example, junior volunteers (12 to 15) will not be allowed to walk dogs – a parent or legal guardian will have to hold the leash. More rules will be covered in the volunteer handbook.
How does my child volunteer for High School Service Week?
All information about High School Service Week can be found here. If you need further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org