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Volunteer Orientation

The League for Animal Welfare offers volunteer orientations for anyone who may be considering volunteering with our cats and dogs. These informative classes will give you an overview of shelter activities, allow you to meet some of the staff and other volunteers and introduce you to some basic training techniques.

The training at these orientations gives each volunteer the tools necessary to be successful while interacting with our animals – and that means happier, better trained animals who are more likely to be adopted sooner.

Training in the proper way to work with a dog or socialize a cat may seem unnecessary to some, but it’s essential for consistency and the well-being of the dogs and cats.  Someone who lets a dog pull vigorously on a lead will only confuse that same dog when the next person requires him to walk calmly, and someone who lets a dog jump up when opening a door will only confuse the dog when the next person makes it sit quietly before opening the door.  Also, a cat that is allowed to play-bite one person but not the next is going to continue the behavior and may decide that humans are fickle and not to be trusted.

Dog Walking Volunteer

Shelter animals also need to be exposed to children – and children need to learn how to behave calmly and gently around animals.  While we ask that children not attend orientations, we encourage families to volunteer and to make it a fun and fulfilling family activity.

NOTE: Parents must attend the volunteer orientations before bringing their child(ren) to the League. Parents must also handle the dog at all times when children accompany them when dog walking, and they must accompany minors younger than 16 years old when socializing cats, staying in the same cat room with them. This is for the safety and well-being of our animals as well as the child(ren).

If volunteering for student community service hours, you must first check with the Volunteer Manager to see if we have any openings for you to do student community service.  Then those student community service volunteer times are scheduled and can involve doing tasks such as washing windows, cleaning crates, cleaning the storeroom, etc., not just socializing the animals.  We do not sign for student community service hours for socializing the animals. 

Ready to get started?  Simply call 513-735-2299 to sign up for orientation.  We offer sessions on the 2nd Sundays and 4th Saturdays at 8:45 a.m.