Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering at St. Hubert’s
How old Do I have to be to volunteer?
You must be at least 18 years of age before you can work directly with the animals. Junior volunteers ages 16 and 17 may volunteer in all non-animal handling roles. This includes greeting, cleaning, special events and administrative duties.
If I’m too young to volunteer, is there any way I can help?
Yes! At-home projects can be a great way to help the animals. Some examples of ideas include holding a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to St. Hubert's. You can hold a collection of gently used blankets and towels for your school to donate. You can also make one-time-use dog toys, which are a great way to recycle and let the dogs have fun while they wait for their forever homes. If you need samples of different projects, email Jennifer at email@example.com.
Do you offer a summer-only volunteer program?
Yes, summer volunteers fill multiple roles both for inside and outdoor assignments. In order to qualify for summer volunteer work, we need to receive your volunteer application in JUNE.
Are there any other requirements for volunteering?
Volunteers must be able to follow directions and communicate with staff, volunteers, and the general public with a friendly, can-do attitude. Volunteers often work independently on projects with little supervision from staff. Some positions may be physically demanding. During the group interview, volunteers may request positions that are seated vs. physically demanding.
If you are taking immuno-suppressive drugs, you should check with your doctor before you start volunteering.
Do you have a foster care program?
Yes, and the whole family can help with this rewarding job! We’re always looking for people who can provide temporary care and housing to young or ill animals. The animals would live with you for a period of a few weeks until they can be returned to St. Hubert’s for adoption. To begin the foster process, fill out the foster application.
Is there a minimum time commitment?
Yes. If you have an animal-care job, we request that you agree to volunteer for at least two hours/week for six months. You’re welcome to work more hours if your schedule allows. We apologize for imposing such stringent requirements. Our staff and existing volunteers invest substantial time and effort into training new “recruits”. Having a large turnover puts a strain on everyone involved.
Please consider whether or not you are able to honor this commitment before completing the application. We do make an exception to the 6 month commitment for students who are home for the summer.
IS THIS A GOOD FIT FOR ME IF I HAVE A SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL THAT IS UNDER 20 HOURS?
Because of the amount of time required to attend orientation, interview, and training classes, service hour requirements under 20 hours are often not a good fit. The program is designed to take over 10 hours before you will be eligible to attend an animal handling course. If your initial interest in volunteering starts with a service requirement that needs a letter, and you hope to continue beyond those hours, we may be a good fit for you.
How do I set my schedule?
Volunteers create their schedule using the online portal. Access to this portal begins once you are invited to attend orientation.
What are the hours during which volunteers can work?
Work hours depend upon the job that you are doing and are covered in our Volunteer Orientations. For example, kennel assistants (cleaners in dog kennel and cattery) work from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. every morning. On-site volunteer jobs are only done when staff are working at the shelter, generally between the hours of 9am and 7pm daily.
Okay, I’d love to help! What’s the next step?
Please fill out our online application, and we will be in contact with you via email. Please allow up to two weeks for a response.
If you have questions, please contact our volunteer office at firstname.lastname@example.org.