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Volunteer Orientations

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 which are held at the Shelter.  Upcoming orientations are posted on this page and Facebook.

**Reservations are required for all orientations.  You can make an online reservation (links below) or directly contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 360-352-2510 x1009 or email her to make a reservation–leave your name, number, AND which available position/time period you are applying for.  If you are making the reservation for more than one person, include their information, too.  Please make sure you include all of the above information as we cannot accept incomplete reservations.  

After we receive your complete reservation request, the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you within a couple working days (Tue-Fri) to confirm your reservation. **

Foster Home ONLY Orientation (lasts 30 minutes)

1 session on Thursday, 12/13 at *5:30 pm
Online Reservation: https://goo.gl/forms/q70mwIgR0RcMg0Pd2

General Volunteer Orientation (lasts 75 minutes)
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At this time, we have the following volunteer needs:

Cat Room Volunteers on Tue-Fri from 1 – 5:30 PM

Cat Room Volunteers on Fri from 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Dog Room Volunteers on Tue-Thu from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Dog Room Volunteers on Fri from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Photographers on Tue-Fri from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Lobby Greeters for the following shifts:

Tues 3 PM – 5:30 PM (set weekly shift)

Wed 11 AM – 1 PM (set weekly shift)

Wed 1 – 3 PM (set weekly shift)

Wed 3 PM – 5:30 PM (set weekly shift)

Thurs 9:30 AM – 11 AM (set weekly shift)

Thurs 3 PM – 5:30 PM (set weekly shift)

Fri 3 PM – 5:30 PM (set weekly shift)

Sat 2 PM – 4 PM  (set bi-weekly shift)

FULL – The orientation for all these positions is on Thursday, 12/13 at *4:00 pm.

When we have openings for other positions or shifts, we will schedule an orientation for that group.


*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 can take a couple weeks to process your application and background check. We will then contact you to schedule your training or home check for fostering.