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. Children between 12 years and 15 years can volunteer with a parent/guardian if a waiver AND release to work independently form is signed by a parent/guardian.This age group will be assigned special projects but will not be allowed to socialize animals due to safety reasons. No one under the age of 12 years of age is allowed to volunteer at the shelter. 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.
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’.
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!!
GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Are you a business or community group looking to complete a one-day service project?
If you are a business or community group is looking for a one-day service project please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further details at (970) 434-7337, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can my group help the animals?
Group volunteer opportunities are mainly available through our Animal Care Team. Our Animal Care Team volunteers provide essential care for the animals by cleaning their kennels, helping with laundry and dishes, and other daily tasks to maintain a comfortable environment for the thousands of animals who come through our doors. Please consult with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure this opportunity would fit the interests of your group. Occasionally, volunteers are needed for other projects, such as landscaping or building maintenance that benefit from the support of a large group.
The Animal Care Team involves direct animal care in the shelter environment but does not involve recreational animal handling, such as walking adoption dogs or socializing adoption cats. Don’t worry, you’re still sure to see and greet many smiling animal faces! Volunteers in these programs must undergo animal handling trainings that are not available to volunteers who are only able to make a short-term commitment at this time. If you are interested in these other opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (970) 434-7337 or email at email@example.com
In addition to participating on the Animal Care Team, it is our desire to provide volunteers with an educational experience through an introduction to our organization and its many services to the Mesa County community and greater region. Groups who sign-up for a minimum four-hour volunteer experience will include a 30 minute tour of the facility. We’re sorry, groups who sign-up for less than a four hour commitment will not receive a tour of the facility unless time permits. If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the facility separate from your volunteer experience, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.