Volunteer Opportunities

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.