Volunteering with Shelter From the Storm
We are always in need of dedicated volunteers to help with a number of different opportunities that we have available. Volunteer opportunities include helping at the shelter, Spay Me! Clinic, Petsmart East, various fundraisers/events throughout the year, and fostering. We are looking for volunteers that can make a commitment to volunteering at least once a month for 6 months and can commit to helping at three different fundraisers throughout the year.
Love animals and want to make a difference?
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Volunteering at the Shelter
1602 Blossom Lane, Madison, WI 53716
Cats: There are many cats at the shelter. Most of them spend all day and night in a crate. We need people to come and sit in the cat room and socialize with the cats. While there, you can pet the cats, brush them, talk with them, play with them and hold them on your lap for a while. We have actually found that when we have a regular volunteer spending time with the cats, we see less upper respiratory infections! Hours to volunteer with cats Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm and 6pm-9pm. No Saturdays
Dogs: There are also many dogs at the shelter. They get a bit more freedom than the cats, but still could benefit from the attention of the volunteers. The dogs need someone to walk them (must be over 18), play Frisbee or ball with them in the fenced yard, bathe them, groom them, pet them, and love them. They often need some training such as sit or simply walking on a leash. Hours to volunteer with dogs Monday-Friday 9am-11am, 1:30-4:30pm, 6-9pm and Sunday 9am-9pm. No Saturdays
Housekeeping: Though we do have regular staff doing routine housekeeping, there are still always chores that need to be done such as scoop poop in the yards, wash dishes and litter boxes or do laundry. It is always helpful to have volunteers help us out with these jobs. In addition, we need volunteers to help with the things the staff do not have time for. These things include: gardening, landscaping, washing windows and other special projects or maintenance items.
Volunteering at the Petsmart Adoption Clinic
Our adoption clinic is every Saturday at Petsmart East from 10AM-2PM (set-up starts at 9AM and take down between 2-2:30PM). The adoption clinic is a very important part of the rescue as it is the only time the public can come meet our adoptable animals and it is also where all adoptions take place. Since the shelter is not open to the public, Petsmart Saturdays, aside from online, is the only place for our animals to find their perspective new homes. In order to make it all happen, we need volunteers to help set up tables and crates, take dogs for potty breaks, help assist the public, and answer questions. It is very rewarding as nothing beats seeing an animal go home with their new families.
Volunteering at the Spay Me! Clinic
The clinic always needs volunteers. Volunteering at our clinic is a great way to learn about animal health care. You don't have to know a thing - we will train you! We are happy to have you for any amount of time you are able to provide. Volunteer opportunities include kennel cleaning, walking dogs, assisting in recovery, sterlizing surgical tools, answering phones, filing and general cleaning.
Are you going to school for veterinary medicine? The clinic is a great place to gain valuable experience. Are you a Veterinarian or CVT? We can use your help as well!
Fundraising & Events
Fundraising is a major aspect of the rescue. It is what keeps us up and running. There are a number of fundraising opportunities and events throughout the year and we always need volunteers to help. We can use experienced and not-so-experienced people to help organize and run these events. With your help they will be a success to raise more money to help our animals!
Being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience. Take home an animal in need - dog, cat, puppy, or kitten. Socialize and love, love, love them until they find their forever homes. Foster care provides a temporary home for the animal where they can live comfortably and learn how to be a part of a family.
Shelter from the Storm will help with food and supplies if necessary. You are welcome to whatever supplies we have. We will also look to you for any input on the temperament of your foster pet and use your assistance for any applications received for your special pal. Your responsibilities will include providing food, water, and shelter, lots of love, a ride to Petsmart on Saturday (our adoption day), and rides to the shelter once a month on a Monday for vet check ups.
Shelter from the Storm will offer any help you might need. Our adoption rate is high so the commitment will not be a burden, but a fun and meaningful experience. Foster homes are essential to our rescue. Every new foster home allows us to rescue one more animal as it opens up a spot at the shelter.
For volunteers 15 years old and younger, we require a parent or guardian to volunteer with until approval is given by management and/or underage volunteer is paired with an older volunteer. For all volunteers under 18 (and at least 13) a leash skills test is required before walking dogs.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle, the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
Thank You for your Interest in Volunteering!
We can't wait to have you join us in our mission of saving animals in need!