A No-Kill Animal Shelter
Saving One Life at a Time
Promoting bonds between pets and their people
- Dog Walking & Socialization
- Dog Transporting - Taking dogs to vets' office and special events.
- Cat Transporting - Taking cats to vet's office and special events.
- Computer Data Entry, and More.
We can't do it without your help, so please...
ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Is our volunteer program for you?
We hope so! We here at Roice-Hurst Humane Society,
have a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your
availability, interests, skills, and needs. Please reference
the brief descriptions below to sign-up for the opportunity
most suitable for you!
We need to get all our dogs out of the kennels for walks 3 times a day. These walks provide the dogs with exercise, a ‘potty’ break, socialization, and some leash training. Volunteer dog walkers are always needed for this critical task. The staff and the dogs will greatly appreciate it! Before volunteers are allowed to walk dogs they must complete the dog-walking class.
If you do not wish to or are unable to walk dogs you can still help out by playing and socializing with our dogs. Our dogs enjoy the chance to socialize or just spending some quiet time-- petting, throwing a ball, or reading to a dog. Volunteers can also help with dog enrichment activities. Mental stimulation through training or thinking games can lower stress levels while enhancing adoptability. The kennel staff can identify dogs that could benefit from enrichment activities, just let them know you are interested.
Volunteers are welcome to brush, groom, or give dogs a bath. A clean and groomed
dog can be more appealing to a potential adopter.
Any interaction you can give to our cats is a form of enrichment. We need volunteers to
interact with our cats to help them find and adjust to a new home. There are plenty of toys
in the cat rooms, so play away! You can engage the shy cats by gentle touching or using
a little food on the tip of a wand to encourage them to stay nearby.
Special Events/Fund Raising:
Help with off-site adoptions such as events held at Petsmart and Petco and other
locations. The shelter is involved in numerous fund-raising events, generally from
March-October. Volunteers are always needed to assist our board members at these
events. We also run a low-cost vaccination clinic every 2nd Sunday of the month all year.
If you are interested in getting involved with special events or the clinic please contact us.
Pet Taxi Service:
Yes, sometimes our animals need a ride! We can use licensed drivers to transport dogs and cats to and from area veterinarian’s offices for spay or neuter procedures or for other medical reasons. Generally every Tuesday and Thursday we have animals scheduled for spay/neuter procedures. This program would be coordinated with the vet techs and kennel manager. We also can use drivers to transport dogs and cats to and from adoption and fund-raising events. Contact the office if you are interested in being a ‘pet taxi driver’.
Typical duties can include greeting visitors, answering phones and taking messages; providing information about the shelter and upcoming events; helping with mail-outs and computer data entry; furnishing information about adoptions and relinquishments—the list goes on. If working at the front office sparks your interest, please contact us.
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WE NEED DOG WALKERS!
We have recently changed our dog walker procedures to make it easier for those who want to help walk and socialize our dogs. To volunteer and walk dogs you must be 16 years of age to volunteer without a parent or guardian. A waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian. However, if someone is too young to volunteer there are other options to help the homeless animals of Roice-Hurst, such as holding fundraisers and donation drives.
We like to get all our dogs out for a nice walk around the walking trail between 9 am -11 am,
1 pm-3 pm, and the last walk is 5 pm-6:30 pm. Of course, you are always welcome and
needed throughout the day as well!
Although our office is closed on Mondays, our kennel staff is working and we would
appreciate your help in getting the dogs walked then, as well.
We do need you to fill out a Volunteer Application form and have completed a volunteer orientation class - Available on-line HERE - Must also have a signed liability waiver at the shelter before you walk the dogs or volunteer.
Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:
• Be part of the solution. You'll join a network of people working to help save the lives of our communities' homeless dogs and cats.
• Get warm fuzzies. You'll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you've comforted and helped to find a "Forever Home".
• Keep good company. You'll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
• Meet the new you. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.
• Gain a new career. You'll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.
You can also pick up a Volunteer Application form at the front desk during business hours Tuesday-Sun. from 11 am to 5pm. The office is closed on Mondays.
Foster Pet Parent:
Make room for another animal at the shelter by fostering a pet in your home. Take care of a sick or special needs pet. Take care of kittens or puppies until they are old enough to be adopted.
Spread the word about RHHS to area children by visiting schools and talking about what we do. This can be a fun time for both the kids and the volunteers!
Bingo is a significant money maker for the dogs and cats since we began hosting bingo sessions in October 2010. We host two sessions every Friday at Gold Mine Bingo Hall (28 ¼ RD). There are two shifts- 9-12 and 12-3; help with either shift or both! You can come on a regular schedule or just when you can-we just need the help! Contact Elaine Johnson Craig, 986-5819(cell) or 244-8597 (Elaine’s office) or the shelter if interested.
Transport animals to other shelters/rescues:
Some RHHS volunteers are involved with transporting animals primarily from MCAS to other shelters and rescue groups. You would be put on an email list of potential dog transporters and would get requests through RHHS board member Deb Miles, who coordinates the transport requests from MCAS. Most often the dogs need to go to the Denver area, but occasionally requests come for dog transports to other towns in Colorado or even out of state. If interested, contact Deb Miles at 970-234-3815.
Contact the office with any questions or for more information about volunteer opportunities at 970-434-7337 or email info@RHhumanesociety.com. The office is closed on Tuesday and is open 11am-6pm other days except 1-4pm on Sunday.
We appreciate your interest and support and hope to see you!!
If you have completed a volunteer application, we offer two orientations per month -- the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and the third Saturday at 10 a.m.