Volunteer Orientation


We need you!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a DAWG volunteer.  It is no secret that volunteering is a rewarding and uplifting experience.  Seven days a week, 365 days a year, DAWG cares for our dogs.  As a volunteer, you can help tremendously by assisting in a variety of roles that keep DAWG running at our highest potential. Volunteers Help Save Lives!

Your first step is to attend a general volunteer orientation, which is required before you come to volunteer for us.  At the orientation, we will give a short presentation about our shelter and the various volunteer opportunities available to you at DAWG.

Some of our volunteer opportunities:

  • Be an outreach ambassador to spread our mission in the community!

  • Be a DAWG greeter. You’ll be the first friendly and helpful face potential adopters meets!

  • Help with fundraising drives and campaigns. One of our most important needs.

  • Help walk, brush, socialize, and pet our dogs!

  • Be part of our TLC team (Tidy, Laundry & Care)

  • Help with fun special events such as adoption/community events and more!

  • Become a foster parent and take dogs who need specialized care to your home for some extra love

  • Assist with large groups of students for classes and tours.

  • We always need assistance with: office work and letter/thank you note writing

  • We could use some savvy Information Technology/website/technical help

  • We often need assistance with graphics, photography and videography

  • Facilities: Repairs, general maintenance, light gardening


    Think you may’ve found your niche during our general orientation? You can submit a volunteer interest form after orientation, or fill one out while you're there. We encourage you to print a blank form and bring with you to orientation: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58f7fc1f3a0411ebf9af6235/t/590f853eb8a79b2147ad28d0/1494189375018/Volunteer-Interest-Form.pdf

    Following orientation, the volunteer coordinator will review your paperwork and place you in a specific volunteer program if there is an appropriate assignment that matches your skills, interests, and availability. Once you have received your assignment, we will schedule any additional necessary hands-on training or a specialized orientation and you will then complete your final volunteer paperwork.  You’ll also get details on buying your official DAWG Volunteer shirt ($15) which all volunteers are asked to wear while volunteering at the shelter or community events.  


    After attending the specialized orientation, you are now certified to help us!  Time to volunteer and HAVE FUN! 

    If you are planning to attend the orientation, we recommend you arrive early to find parking and because our orientations tend to fill up quickly. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions and lots of information to share in a short period of time, latecomers will not be able to participate. No sign-ups prior to the orientation are required. Please note that if you are under the age 18, you will need a parent or guardian to go through orientation and come in to volunteer with you.

    We look forward to meeting you!


    Volunteer Q&A’s

    What types of volunteer opportunities are available at DAWG?
    From laundry and dishes to parties and events (and everything in between!)  We offer a variety of opportunities at DAWG which help keep everything running smoothly.  Our shelter runs 365 days of the year and we always need help keeping it up!  We have something for everyone!  

    What is the minimum age to volunteer?
    For the safety of our “two legged little friends”, and due to liability, we require all volunteers to be 18 years and older.

    Volunteers who are 15-17 years old will need a parent or guardian to attend orientation and volunteer along with you each time you are at DAWG.

    Is there a cost to volunteer?
    All volunteers must pay a one-time fee of $15 which is simply to cover the cost of your DAWG volunteer t-shirt.

    Is there a time commitment?
    We know everyone has busy schedules, but we require only a six hour minimum of volunteer service a month to stay active in the program. Some volunteer duties will require more hours, but you should be able to find a role that fits your schedule!

    I have volunteered with another rescue organization; do I still need to go through the DAWG Volunteer Process?
    Yes.  Every rescue is different with different protocols and procedures and it is imperative that all of our volunteers know DAWG’s procedures and how we handle our animals for their safety and yours. Plus, it is fun – you will get to know other like-minded volunteers just like yourself.

    I have volunteered with DAWG in the past, do I still need to go through the Volunteer Process?
    Yes.  If it has been more than six months since you last volunteered, you will need to come back through the orientation, as oftentimes policies and procedures have changed.  Should you have any questions, please email volunteer@sbdawg.org.