Volunteer FAQ

How many hours are required of a volunteer?

We do not have a minimum requirement of hours. Volunteers collaborate with staff and set their own schedules for volunteering at SICSA. Some volunteers come in weekly while others may just volunteer at one event once per year. Time requirements are very flexible.

What is expected of volunteers?

All volunteers must attend an orientation and follow specific protocols and other directives when working with the animals. Volunteers are asked to become members of SICSA and wear a volunteer t-shirt while volunteering at SICSA or representing SICSA in the community.

Will I receive volunteer training?

All volunteers receive training depending on what they are volunteering for.  

What is required to be a foster volunteer?

To be a foster, all your personal pets must be up-to-date on vaccines and spayed or neutered. Prospective foster families will meet with the foster care coordinator after receiving the foster application to respond to any questions or concerns. Foster families can specify to only foster a certain breed, time of year, etc. Read More

Do I have to be trained in order to work with the animals?

If you want to walk, socialize or train dogs or socialize cats you are required to complete our training program. Depending upon your interests, you may be required to complete just one training session. If you enjoy volunteering and want to learn more, you are encouraged to complete additional continuing education courses offered at SICSA.

Do you offer community service opportunities?

We can accommodate volunteers who would like to complete service hours for school, church, or civic projects, provided the volunteers are 18 years of age or over. Children ages 8-12 may complete their service hours through our Parent Youth Partners (PYPers) program, alongside a parent or guardian. Youth ages 13-17 may complete service hours as part of our Junior Volunteer Program during specified times of the year. For more information, please view our volunteer opportunities.

For groups of youth interested in service projects or volunteer opportunities, please review our approved projects and opportunities.

At this time, we do not have the infrastructure in place to accommodate court-ordered community service. Please contact Jennie Baxla with any questions.