Court-Ordered and School-Mandated Community Service
Animal Friends offers the opportunity for those with court-ordered or school-mandated community service to complete their hours at Animal Friends, subject to limitations. There will be no direct contact with animals during court-ordered or school-mandated community service hours.
Animal Friends will not accept individuals who have been convicted of the following crimes/offenses:
Animal Friends can immediately decline court-ordered or school-mandated community service credit for failure or refusal to disclose the specific offense(s), and/or the failure or refusal to provide written documentation to Animal Friends of such offenses.
Animal Friends reserves the right to deny any individual in need of court-ordered or school-mandated community service hours the ability to volunteer with the organization based on the nature, type and/or specifics of their offense. Animal Friends will not be a party before the specific Court which orders the service, there is no jurisdiction over the organization and the Courts cannot order Animal Friends to allow an individual to volunteer with our organization.
The types of offences that are allowed include:
If you wish to complete court-ordered community service with Animal Friends, your first step will be to complete an application by clicking here.
Once Your Application is Completed
If you application is accepted, a member of the Volunteer Department will contact you to arrange a meeting. Please bring a form of photo identification as well as your summary of charges with you to your meeting. There is also a $20 non-refundable processing fee required prior to beginning your service to cover paperwork and volunteer materials. Cash payments only are accepted and are due at the time of your meeting.
Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to complete their service with Animal Friends. Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the initial meeting. Community service volunteers are not required to attend the Getting Started orientation before starting their service. Individuals volunteering through our court-ordered and school-mandated community service program must adhere to these expectations.
To schedule an appointment, contact our Volunteer Department.
Please note: Our volunteers, who work directly with our animals, are required to go through specialized training to do so. Because of this, our court-ordered community service opportunities do not include direct animal-handling activities.