Socialization (TLC) Volunteer
SUPERVISOR: Behavior Manager or Behavior Assistant
GOAL OF POSITION: Provide comfort, companionship and socialization to all animals at PHS/SPCA.
TIME COMMITMENT: At least three hours a week for a minimum of one year. Monday – Sunday : 10am-7pm
DUTIES: TLC Volunteers enjoy a great deal of physical contact with animals. The main duty of the TLC Volunteer is to make sure the animals are well cared for and comfortable. Basic duties include: exercising animals; cleaning cages and kennels, washing dishes and doing laundry for the animals, hands-on socialization to build confidence for some animals, minor grooming, assisting with puppy evaluations, assisting with feeding and watering, providing toys and fresh blankets for all animals, and completing volunteer visit/behavior cards.
TRAINING: Completion of Volunteer Orientation. Completion of animal handling classes and on-the-job training (TLC training: one safety session and behavior session along with being shadowed by the Behavior Department).
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have good physical strength and the ability to handle animals that are shy or rambunctious. TLC Volunteers must also be able to follow exact instructions and work independently. This position is open to those 16 and older (13-15-year-olds may volunteer but must do so with a parent).
EMOTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: The animals you work with may be chosen for euthanasia; therefore you must be able to focus on what you can do to make their time at the shelter as comfortable and loving as possible. You must also be willing to come to terms with euthanasia at a deepest level and show consideration to the shelter staff who are directly involved in euthanasia.