Level 2 - Companion Animal Volunteer
After completing the
first five weeks at Level I and receiving the appropriate
Level II training, volunteers can then become a
Dog Walker, Dog Bather, or
a Cat or Rabbit Socializer. This is the point where
the hands-on animal care begins.
Level II volunteers
will be expected to attend animal handling training, a seminar and be shadowed by a trainer, learning the proper handling of cats, dogs, rabbits
and small animals. They will also be expected to
demonstrate animal handling abilities to a more
experienced volunteer prior to graduating to this
level. It is imperative to the wellness of the animals
that all staff and volunteers treat and handle animals
in a consistent manner. Once a volunteer moves into
an area that requires Level II training, they will
be required to demonstrate their abilities to staff
on a regular basis. Each of the Level II positions
requires a minimum commitment of two hours per week
for at least six months.
If you are interested
in hands-on animal care, consider the following
or Rabbit Socialization
Spend quality time cuddling with cats or rabbits
on Adoption Avenue! Volunteers allow the cats or
rabbits, one by one, a bit of time for play, exercise,
grooming and enrichment. Volunteers also fill out
a brief evaluation about each animal to assist Adoption
Counselors in making the perfect match. Volunteers
must be at least 18 years old or at least 13 years
old with a parent. Participants must have the physical
ability to transfer animals from kennels and use
proper animal handling and disease prevention techniques.
Training and assistance are provided during the
first play session with an experienced volunteer
or staff member. The cat and rabbit socialization
programs are not combined and have separate training
Restore a glorious
shine to adoption dogs by bathing them prior to
their spay/neuter surgery! There is nothing more
appealing than a sweet-smelling dog to take home!
Once spayed/neutered, the dogs cannot be bathed
for at least 10 days due to the incision. For this
reason, it is important for them to be squeaky clean
prior to the operation. This position offers a flexible
schedule with bathing times some days and most evenings.
The minimum age requirement for this position is
18 years old.
Dog Walkers provide each dog in adoption the opportunity
to get out and stretch their legs for a short walk,
some much needed play time and a bit of training.
Volunteers must be able to handle dogs of all sizes,
read profiles, physically transfer dogs in and out
of kennels and suites and walk short distances.
Experience in animal handling is helpful. Eagerness to implement the consistent handling techniques outlined in the training classes provided by WHS is a must to ensure that dogs go to their new homes with good manners.
is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years
old or 13 years old with a parent and willing to
come in, regardless of Wisconsin weather.
Animal Care Volunteers
Our Animal Care Volunteers play a vital role providing support to our operations department by assisting with facility cleaning and some animal handling duties. These volunteers help with the daily care of our shelter guests, which includes cleaning, handling animals and assisting staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to learn about animal care in a shelter environment. Training for this position will include animal handling and cleaning protocol. Volunteers must be 18 years and older for this position.
RELAX Dog Socializers
The RELAX program allows volunteers to work one-on-one with shelter dogs who would benefit from developing their levels of confidence. Volunteer socializers read aloud to the dogs to help them become familiar with different voices and learn to settle nicely, or RELAX, when they encounter new visitors. This program helps the dogs feel more comfortable in new environments and enriches their minds while they are waiting to find their new loving homes. What a great way to give wonderful dogs needed attention and brush off those dusty novels around the house! Volunteers must be 18 years and older for this position.
Remember, if you are
not a current volunteer, you must first begin at
Level I before progressing
to the Level II positions described above.