Volunteer

Volunteering with AAS

Join us in our mission to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs in our community. As a volunteer-run organization, we cannot carry out our live saving efforts without the help of someone just like you! Check out some of the vital roles below to find out more. When you’re ready, fill out the Volunteer Application below and contact us to set up a date for a safety orientation.

Kennel

Kennel Caretaker

FOR PERSONS 18 AND OLDER: The shelter houses approximately 30-35 dogs and is open from 9:00a.m. to noon seven days a week regardless of weather conditions. Each day, required medications are given, appropriate dogs are let out for free-time, and then the other dogs are let out to play.  One person usually works in the kitchen to wash dog food bowls, prepare meals and answer the phone. The remaining volunteers police the grounds inside the shelter and the dogs’ runs for waste. Next, they sweep the concrete floors and put fresh buckets of water inside each run. After kennels have been attended to, dogs are walked outside, brushed and loved on. For the first few shifts, new volunteers will be paired with an experienced volunteer to learn the shelter routine and the dogs’ personalities.

Dog Walker

A waiver is signed each day you come to walk a dog. This releases us of any liability should you get scratched, injured, or have clothing soiled as a result of walking a shelter dog. A volunteer will bring the dog to you and also return the dog to its kennel at the conclusion of the walk. Dog walkers are not permitted to come inside the compound to get a dog. Do not attempt to walk your dog close to another dog that is out walking as some of the dogs do not get along with each other. You may walk around the shelter grounds or sit in the park area to visit with your furry friend. Thank you for your cooperation with our safety procedures.

Persons under the age of 18 years are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. The parent or guardian is required to supervise the walk and remain on the premises for the duration of the visit.Persons under the age of 16 years cannot walk a dog by themselves; if the parent or guardian wishes to have a second leash attached to the dog for the young child to walk together this is permissible.

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Maintenance

Shelter Maintenance

This is the time set aside to accomplish mowing and trimming grass, weeding flower beds and the memorial garden, as well as doing other general clean up and repairs, both inside and out. This work is essential in ensuring a safe and attractive facility for our volunteers and visitors. Lots of “hands” in a few hours can accomplish a lot! We usually do maintenance on Thursday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Volunteer Application

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