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Volunteering at FAAS

One of the most valuable gifts a nonprofit organization can receive is the gift of time. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter relies on 150 active volunteers to help keep the shelter running smoothly. We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without the enormous contributions made by our volunteers.

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Many types of volunteering jobs are available. You can work in the kennel, walk dogs, care for cats and kittens or help in the office. Like most nonprofits, we need volunteers during the week more than we do on weekends. If you prefer not to work at the shelter, we need volunteers who can help at off-site events, or foster animals in their homes.

Our mission is to find a new home for every adoptable animal we receive while educating the public to prevent neglect and cruelty. By joining the FAAS team as a volunteer, you are helping us meet these important goals.

If you are already a FAAS volunteer, please click the orange button to log in. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, read on for more information.

Current volunteers, please:

 

 


How Do I Become A Volunteer?

You must:

Commit to at least eight hours a month for a period of six months. (Note: We cannot accommodate court-appointed community service hours.)

Be at least 18 years old. If you are between the ages of 10 and 18, you may train to become a junior volunteer. Junior volunteers are accompanied by a parent or guardian at orientations, trainings, and while volunteering. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 and successfully complete all training, you may ask the Community Outreach Coordinator for permission to volunteer as an adult. We consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Successfully complete required classes. All prospective volunteers who want to work with animals in the shelter must complete the following: an orientation class, Shelter Essentials Training (SET), pertinent species-specific classes, and one or more mentoring shifts. Upon completion of these steps, you may work with the Community Outreach Coordinator to set up hours and begin volunteering at the shelter on your own schedule.

Step 1: Orientation Class

Orientation is a 90-minute general-information class held three times a month at the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501. Space is limited to 10 people per orientation. Registration begins on the first day of each month for that month's orientations. Register now for an upcoming orientation: March 11, March 16 or March 17.

Step 2: Shelter Essentials Training

All volunteers who want to work with animals in the shelter must complete Shelter Essentials Training to become familiar with the non-animal-contact duties that are a part of the job. These tasks include washing toys and dishes; washing and folding laundry; sanitizing litter boxes and crates; restocking food, litter and other supplies; and sweeping and mopping hallways and the kitchen.

Training starts with a 60-minute introductory workshop, followed by four hours of scheduled practice. This practice will need to take place during either two morning shifts (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.) or one morning shift and one afternoon shift (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). You may schedule a practice shift for any day of the week.

Step 3: Animal-Specific Classes

After you have completed Shelter Essentials Training, you may sign up for one or more animal-specific classes. It might take a few weeks for you to be scheduled for an animal class. In the meantime, you are welcome to continue helping in the shelter doing non-animal-contact volunteering.

 
What Are My Volunteering Options?

 

There are many areas in which we could use your help!

CANINE SUPPORT

Ensure the comfort and care of dogs and puppies while they await adoption.

Prerequisites: Orientation and Shelter Essentials Training

Required training:

  • Two canine care classes
  • Skills level approved by the Canine Trainer or Animal Behavior Coordinator
  • Three mentoring shifts of two hours each

 

FELINE SUPPORT

Ensure the comfort and care of cats and kittens while they await adoption.

Prerequisites: Orientation and Shelter Essentials Training

Required training:

  • One cat care class
  • Skills level approved by the Feline Trainer or Animal Behavior Coordinator
  • Two mentoring shifts of two hours each


RABBIT/SMALL ANIMAL SUPPORT

Ensure the comfort and care of rabbits and other small pets while they await adoption.

Prerequisites: Orientation and Shelter Essentials Training

Required training:

  • One rabbit or small-pet class
  • Skills level approval by the Animal Behavior Coordinator
  • One mentoring shift of two hours


FOSTER CARE

Provide temporary care for shelter animals in your own home while they await permanent new homes.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age (children may foster with their parents).
  • Must be able to verify that you can keep pets in your home
  • Must make a minimum six-month commitment

Required training:

  • Introduction to Fostering class


MOBILE ADOPTIONS

We need volunteers who can help transport shelter animals to local adoption events on weekends. At the event you will interact with the public and provide information about the animals and FAAS.

Required training:

  • Must complete canine, feline and rabbit care classes.

 

Non-Animal-Contact Volunteering Opportunities

 

If you would prefer not to work with animals there are plenty of other types of volunteering jobs from which to choose.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Greet and welcome the public who stop by our booth or table. Answer questions about FAAS and provide information.

Requirements: Must be willing to learn about FAAS and represent the shelter to the public.


FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Assist with planning and implementing the two signature FAAS fundraising events, Wiggle Waggle Walk and After the Ball.

Requirements: Event experience is helpful.


OFFICE SUPPORT

Assist with mailings, data entry, letter preparation, filing, and other general office work.

Requirements: Experience using mainstream Windows applications such as Word and Excel is helpful.


FACILITIES SUPPORT

Provide general repair or skilled work depending on your background and training.

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