Thank you for your interest in volunteering at our shelter, located in Olympia, WA. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 4 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months, as we do not have the resources to accommodate short-term volunteers. Below is information on our volunteer orientations. Upcoming orientations are posted on this page and Facebook.
**Reservations are required for all orientations. Please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 360-352-2510 x1009 or email her to make a reservation–leave your name, number, and which volunteer position you’re applying for. If you are making the reservation for more than one person, include the same information for them, too.**
General Volunteer Orientation (lasts 75 minutes)
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At this time, we have the following volunteer positions:
Cat Room Helpers who are available during our weekday hours (Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm). You do not need to be available all day, just at some point during those hours.
Dog Room Helpers who are available during our weekday hours (Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm). You do not need to be available all day, just at some point during those hours.
Lobby Greeters who are available for a weekly Tuesday-Friday shift (11-1, 1-3, 3-5:30). Lobby Greeters need to be outgoing and comfortable greeting new people. They need to be 14 plus years old, able to stand for the 2-2.5 hour shift, and able to lift and carry 25 pounds.
Lobby Greeters who are available for a bi-weekly Saturday shift (9:30-12, 12-2, 2-4). This position has the same requirements as the weekday lobby greeters listed above.
The orientation for these positions is on Thursday, October 26 at *11 am. This orientation will be held at Lacey City Hall in their Community Room.
When we have openings for other positions or shifts, we will schedule an orientation for that group.
Foster Home ONLY Orientation (lasts 30 minutes)
1 session on Thursday, October 26 at *6:00 pm. (We will open the front doors by 5:50 pm.) This orientation will be held at Animal Services.
*We are unable to allow late entry into an orientation. If you are not able to make it to the beginning of an orientation, please come to another session. Children under 14 must be accompanied by their adult volunteer partners at all times.
If after the orientation you feel that volunteering would be a good fit for you, please submit a volunteer application. (Applications are handed out at the orientation.)
It takes a couple weeks to process your application and background check. We will then contact you to schedule your training or home check for fostering.