Shelter Helpers Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. We are excited to connect with community members who are as dedicated and enthusiastic about animals as we are!
Our mission is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes; to work to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals; to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering; to make end-of-life decisions based on safety and animal welfare considerations.
*Please note: If volunteer applicants need community service (school OR court), please visit the community service page.
- You must have current health insurance
- Age requirements:
- Minimum age is 13, volunteering with a parent/guardian until 16 (child and adult must each complete an application, attend orientation, and co-volunteer in the same job)
- 16 years old to volunteer independently or to work with dogs
- 18 years of age to volunteer in the surgery clinic
- 21 years of to assist with animal transports
In order to volunteer, you must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule, as we are expectant that animals are being cared for during your shift. Due to the time involved with training new volunteers, we also ask that you be able to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months. If you are unable to commit to a weekly shift, we do have some positions that are filled as needed, such as Events and Community Outreach.
1. Complete a New Volunteer Application: You will be contacted within 2 weeks with an invitation to a New Volunteer Orientation.
2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (required): Orientations are held monthly, and last about 45 minutes. Here you will learn about our organization, volunteer program and policies, types of volunteer jobs, and current shelter needs. You will be added to our new volunteer email list, and will receive a monthly email with current volunteer opportunities.
3. Choose a shift and complete training: Let our Volunteer Coordinator know what shift you are interested in, and we will get you in to train with your department. Training is a critical component of volunteering, and typically takes place during your first shift.
ARLGP Shelter Helpers Online Volunteer Application
Please follow the directions, and fill out all required fields in the online application below.
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