Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

What are the age limits for volunteering?

We offer year-round opportunities for volunteers 18 years old or older through our Adult Volunteer Program. Teens ages 13-17 may volunteer with the Teen Advocacy Volunteer Club. Kids ages 8-14 may volunteer as Parent Youth Partners, alongside a trained parent or guardian.

What volunteer positions are available?

These are the following areas for volunteering at SICSA for adult volunteers:  Dog Walking, Cat Kennel, Paw Partner, Foster Care Provider, Adoptions Ambassadors, Greeters, Admin, Offsite Events, Friends of SICSA (FOS), Youth Programs, & Parent Youth Partners (PYPers).

Does SICSA have an hourly minimum for volunteers?

We appreciate any time volunteers devote to SICSA! However, we greatly depend on volunteers coming in on a regular basis for dog walking or cat kennel cleaning, as well as various other events. We ask that SICSA volunteers complete at least four hours of service per month. These hours can be split based on volunteer schedule, and we have a convenient, online system that volunteers utilize to sign up for shifts. We ask that volunteers sign up for these shifts ahead of time so that we know who is coming in and can plan schedules accordingly.

Volunteers are considered active provided they have volunteered at least once in the last six months. Volunteers who have been inactive for a year or more will be asked to retake training classes. 

Do you offer group volunteering?

To view our Group and Community Service requirements, please visit our Group & Community Service Opportunity page.

What other classes are available after I complete orientation?

SICSA volunteers who choose to work with dogs and cats receive training and have access to several continuing education and enrichment training courses. All SICSA volunteers receive a t-shirt and apron at cost.

What's the difference between membership and volunteering?

All SICSA volunteers are encouraged to become members, but it is certainly not required. Your annual membership helps support SICSA's mission of promoting the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurturing loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. Membership offers many benefits, including giving you a voice in the direction of SICSA. All members in good standing are eligible to attend and be a part of the voting process at the annual meeting. Visit our Membership page for more information.

Do you offer programs for court ordered community service?

Unfortunately, we do not offer programs for court ordered community service.

Additionally, if you have ever been convicted of a felony you must disclose the date and the nature of the crime. Information will be kept confidential. If you have been convicted of any violent crimes against people or animals, theft, weapons or drug charges you will not be accepted into our program. Background checks may be required. You must disclose if you are currently under a Labor & Industry claim, or have been released from any other volunteer position. Persons found withholding this information will be terminated immediately.

Ready to get started?

To become a SICSA Volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Training page.