Central Dakota Humane Society : How to Help
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VOLUNTEER

Another way to help homeless animals is to volunteer your time and skills.  If you think you can't volunteer at the shelter because you'd want to take all the animals home, keep in mind that it's people who care deeply about animals that have the most to offer them.  As a CDHS volunteer you are vitally important and each task you perform is a significant contribution!  We do not ask for any formal time commitments from our volunteers - we are happy with whatever time you can give.  If you have the time and inclination to become physically involved, we welcome you with open arms!


Here are ways you can help:



Thinking About Volunteering?

It doesn't take a lot of time to make a big difference in the lives of homeless animals.  You get to meet lots of new people too!  If you have the time and want to help, we definitely need you.  Please contact Mandy, the
Volunteer Coordinator at 667-2020 or email her at cdhsvolunteers@midco.net for more information.  And THANK YOU!

Volunteer Requirements:

Volunteer Form 

Length of Commitment: Any time you are willing to share with us is greatly appreciated however we do require a minimum of 10 hours to volunteer with Central Dakota Humane Society. Some of the volunteer assignments, such as Special Events volunteers, are done on a periodic, as-needed basis.

Sign-In Procedure: Please record your name and arrival time legibly on the Volunteer Log Sheet. There is a log sheet in the lobby of both buildings. Remember to sign out upon departure as well. To receive credit for hours worked, you must sign in and out. (It will also aid you when doing your resume to say you completed "X" amount of hours of volunteer work!) This also helps us to keep track of who is active in the programs - a necessity!

Honor students or hours needed for college or high school credits: A volunteer release form is required to volunteer with CDHS.  If you are under 18 a parent or guardians signature is required prior to you being allowed to attend an orientation session. Orientations for honor student will be held by appointment to work with the cats and you will be required to complete the dog walking class to work with the dogs. Please contact Mandy Schaff, Volunteer Coordinator to set up an appointment and to find out when the next class will be held. When arriving at the shelter please turn in your volunteer sheets to the front desk or give to Mandy in the administrative building and collect your sheet before your departure. We also require you sign in on your registration sheets. No shelter staff signatures will be given until the 10 hour minimum number of hours is reached, no exceptions. Any previous hours that need verification will be provided within a reasonable amount of time after the volunteer coordinator has been able to verify against sign in sheets. Honor Student applications will not be accepted during the months of January through March.
Court Ordered Community Service Hours: Critter compainion volunteer hours are not allowed to be used for Court Ordered Community Service Hours.

Dress Code: Dress with your duties in mind, but please be neat. Dog walkers are required to have appropriate closed toe foot wear. NO flipflops or sandals.

Off-Limit Areas: All quarantine areas are off limits to volunteers. Please read all signage on kennels.

Dealing with the Public: CDHS staff or a board member will answer the phone during the hours we are open.

Volunteer Release Form: Each volunteer is asked to sign a release form waiver of liability for insurance purposes prior to beginning at CDHS.

Age Requirements: Critter Companions must be at least 13 years of age and accompanied by a responsible adult. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to provide foster care. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a valid driver's license or a responsible person (with a driver's license) with them at all times.

Contact: Please provide a legible email address on your volunteer application. Most contact for events and volunteer activities will be done through email contact.