The Youth Task Force consists of high school students, ages 15 to 17, who volunteer on a weekly basis in teams to support the needs of the shelter. Specifically, they will be tasked with:
Providing exercise to well-socialized dogs in the dog runs; providing individualized attention to special needs dogs.
Socializing shy cats and providing attention to highly social cats in need of interaction and stimulation.
Promoting via social media animals for adoption.
Fundraising for specific shelter needs or the needs of source shelters.
New members are on-boarded twice per year and are asked to commit to an assigned, 2 hour weekly shift for a period of 4 to 5 months. The program runs September through December and February through June.
Prior to volunteering, interested participants must attend 2 training sessions:
Safe Interactions with Dogs
Safe Interactions with Cats/ Social Media and Fundraising
Youth Task Force members must be able to follow directions and communicate with staff and volunteers with a friendly, can-do attitude and may, at times, work independently with little supervision from staff or adult volunteers. During time spent at the shelter volunteering, Youth Task Force members are expected to be fully focused on the animals, providing them with the attention they need.