EAS has many opportunities available for volunteers. Most questions can be answered below.
What are the volunteer program requirements?
- You must be 18 years of age. Teens between 16-18 can volunteer for community service hours through their school.
- Teens and children 15 and under can volunteer with a parent or guardian onsite. The parent will need an active volunteer application on file.
- All volunteers must fill out a volunteer application once per year to stay active.
- We require a copy of a driver’s License of the volunteer or parent or guardian on file to volunteer.
What are the capabilities required for a volunteer?
- Able to work independently and willing to work as part of a team.
- Comfortable speaking to members of the public.
- Maintain a professional appearance & positive energy when volunteering.
- Must have average vision (You must be able to see the body language of an animal for safety).
- Able to take instructions and follow safety protocols.
- Able to work with cleaning chemicals.
- Meeting the basic physical requirements for volunteers.
For any volunteers wanting to work with animals, there are these additional essential capabilities:
- Standing unassisted for long periods of time.
- Walk distances unassisted
- Bend, kneel, crouch unassisted
- Use of both hands simultaneously
- Lift, carry and move at least 25 lbs independently.
- Be able to handle large dogs
How can I do court-ordered community service?
The Court-Ordered Community Service program at EAS is separate from the volunteer program. If you need hours for court, fill out the online volunteer application. In addition:
- You must be 18 years of age or older, with no exceptions.
- You must have appropriate paperwork from the court.
- No violent offenses are accepted in the program (e.g. battery, sexual assault, child abuse, animal abuse, etc.).
- Court-ordered community service is NOT offered on Saturdays or Sundays unless approved by the shelter manager.
- Bring a government-issued ID.
- There is a $20 program fee (cash or card) that you will have to pay before your final day.
- Wear closed-toe shoes, jeans or knee-length shorts, T-shirt (choose clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and/or stained).
All court-ordered community service volunteers must sign in at the reception desk prior to starting work.
Can I do my community service hours for school at EAS?
Yes, you can. Our youth volunteer program gives teens between the ages of 14-18 who are still enrolled in high school the opportunity to complete community service hours for school or scholarship requirements. Students under 15 will need a parent or guardian on-site while they volunteer and an active volunteer form and state ID for the parent or guardian.
Please fill out a volunteer application online and be prepared to produce your community service paperwork from your school. Space is limited for this program.