Volunteer Orientation Info
At orientation you will learn about Hopalong and the role of the volunteer, as well as some of the things volunteers do and do not do. We want everyone to have a great time, and to be safe. Not everyone will be a perfect fit for Hopalong, so we encourage you to read over the website before signing up.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do volunteers need to be?
You must be at least 18-years-old, even if you come with a parent or guardian.
After I attend orientation, when can I start?
It depends! Not all of our tasks will need immediate work, and some are always needed. We will cover this in orientation.
I work a regular Monday-Friday schedule. Can I still help?
Yes. We have opportunities that involve volunteering from home, going to our mobile adoption sites in the evening or on weekends, or assisting at mobile adoptions on weekends. You can also consider fostering; adult cats especially don’t care if you’re home during the day!
Can Hopalong help me with court-ordered Community Service?
Yes, sometimes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to signing up for an orientation to see if we have an opportunity for you right now.
I am allergic to animals, can I still help?
Possibly. Our office has had lots and lots of dogs and cats in it. There will be dogs and cats here when you come to orientation. If your allergies are severe, this is not the place for you. If you would like to help and can tolerate the office occasionally, we have a few jobs that can be performed only at home.
I don’t like to get dirty, can I still help?
Possibly. Volunteering for an animal rescue is great fun, but not always glamorous. Sometimes animals come to us after being in the shelter for a while, and may have feces on themselves, or smell like urine. Sometimes they may get carsick and vomit during a transport. Think carefully about what you can handle.
Adoption events are held outdoors, sometimes in less than ideal weather conditions- that can mean rain and mud. As long as the weather won’t cause harm to our animals, the show must go on!
I like animals better than people, can I still help?
Probably. We will do our best to match you with the proper task. For example, Adoption Counselors may need to tell potential adopters “no” because the pairing isn’t a good fit. That can be tough sometimes. No matter what your task is, animal rescue work requires flexibility, and you’ll have to interact with staff, but we’re animal people, too. Give it a shot!