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CCAS Volunteer Orientation 4/9/2017
Sun, April 9, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
This two hour orientation goes over Collin County Animal Services and how our volunteer group works and assists with adoptions.
Complete application and bring to orientation. Click here for application.
Why volunteer at Collin County Animal Services?
1. Our volunteers can truly say they make a difference – we rely on our volunteers and our volunteers save lives.
2. We are the “front lines” of the animal rescue world – nothing is harder and nothing is more rewarding.
3. You can personally help our dogs and cats find the home that is the best match for them.
4. You can help our dogs and cats overcome fears, learn to trust people and become amazing pets.
5. These amazing pets need you!
Volunteers must be 16 years old to volunteer on their own.
If you are 14 or 15 years old, a parent or guardian must volunteer with you, and you cannot handle the animals independently.
Once you finish orientation and all of your training, you must volunteer at least 4 hours a month.
** During training you will need to come in every other week until training is completed.
What does it take to volunteer?
1. Independence – our program is run by volunteers – you will need to be capable of being on your own fairly quickly (we will train you!) and not be afraid to ask questions when needed.
2. Initiative – did we mention our program is run by volunteers? If you need something or notice something that needs to be addressed, ask questions.
3. Strength – sometimes it is hard when there are so many pets needing homes – but we never ever give up.
4. Patience – you’ll be dealing with the general public, and yes as much as we would like to just deal with animals we’re here to find them homes. So we help educate people and help find a great match, and sometimes it takes patience.
5. Resilience – sometimes you see things that you didn’t want to see. Being the front lines, we get cruelty cases, we get injured animals, we get people coming in to give up their pets… and as frustrated as we might get, we do what we need to do and we bounce back.
6. Love for animals – Above all else, we put the animals first. We’ve been told “I love animals too much – I could never volunteer at a shelter”. But those who love animals the most are the ones who can put their own emotions aside and find homes for these babies. Our shelter is not a horrible place for an animal. It’s a short stop on the way to their wonderful life, and we are here to make that wonderful life happen.
7. Training – we’ll help you out with this one!