Do you have any volunteer opportunities right now?
YES! Animal Friends is always accepting new volunteers! Simply complete an online volunteer application , and you'll receive an email with the dates and times of when we have orientations coming up, as well as a phone number to call to hold your spot in a session. At your orientation, you'll learn more about Animal Friends and all the different ways you can get involved!


When can I volunteer?
One of the best parts about volunteering with Animal Friends is the flexible schedule! Once you complete the orientation process, you may volunteer with us between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm every day! No schedule or sign-ups are required for volunteers to do basic animal handling once they have gone through the required training. We do offer other on- and off-site volunteer opportunities that may require you to sign-up prior to the event.


Is there a time commitment involved?
Volunteers must perform some form of service in a twelve-month period to stay active as a volunteer. We suggest that volunteers complete a minimum of five hours a month to stay up-to-date with any new policies and procedures and keep their skill sets sharp.


I used to be a volunteer, but it has been a long time since I last volunteered. Can I still volunteer?
If it has been longer than twelve months since you last volunteered with us, you have likely become inactive in our system. If you wish to volunteer with us again, you will need to attend an orientation, as well as any animal-handling classes you wish, again. Please complete an online volunteer application and you'll receive an email with the dates and times of when we have orientations coming up as well as a phone number to call to hold your spot in a session.


I am a student. Can I complete my service hours or school project at Animal Friends?
Yes, we'd love to have you! Students completing service hours or school projects with us must go through the volunteer orientation process. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the orientation. Parents and/or guardians must also become volunteers and may be required to attend animal-handling classes. Please make an appointment with a member of the Volunteer Department if you need paperwork signed for your service hours. You can also print off your own hours report using your online volunteer profile once you have become a volunteer with us.

I have submitted my online application. What’s next?
You will receive an email with the dates and times of when we have orientations coming up as well as a phone number to call to hold your spot in a session. Please leave your name, email address and the date you have chosen on the phone line provided. You will not be contacted further to confirm your orientation choice, so please record the date you have chosen!


I have already gone through the orientation. What should I do next?
If you interested in working directly with the animals, please visit the Volunteer Center or use your online volunteer profile to view and schedule a handling class that fits your schedule. Otherwise, please visit the Volunteer Center, use your online volunteer profile or check the volunteer newsletter to see what opportunities are available!


Have more questions? Contact our Volunteer Department:
412.847.7053
volunteering@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org


 

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Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
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