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 in public areas of SICSA.

Will I receive volunteer training?
All volunteers receive training depending on what they are volunteering for. For example, dog walkers receive Open Paw training. 

What is required to be a foster volunteer?
To be a foster, all your 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

What is Open Paw training?
The Open Paw training program focuses on physical and mental health needs of the animals in our care by training staff and volunteers to achieve small goals throughout the day. Staff and volunteers are trained to use consistent positive reinforcement training techniques that assist in keeping the animals happier and more adoptable.

Do I have to be trained in Open Paw to work with the animals?
If you want to walk, socialize or train dogs or socialize cats you are required to complete the Open Paw 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.