Volunteer Duties


Cat Socializing - Work with cats to socialize them so they can relax and de-stress. Some cage cleaning to keep them more comfortable is required. Weekly commitment.

Dog Walking - Walk adult dogs to ensure they receive their daily exercise and socialization. Brush and socialize puppies. Weekly commitment.

Dog Play Groups - Volunteers assist with getting the dogs to and from the Bark Park, help with observation during play groups. Morning, afternoon, and early evening (coming soon) volunteers will be needed. Weekly commitment.

Adoption Assistant - Assist approved adopters with pet information. Help customers make informed decision about pet selection. Additional training required. Open hours.

Specialty Skills – This includes photography, writing cat descriptions, lost and found project, adoption follow-up calls. Weekly commitment.

Spay Clinic - Help check in pets scheduled for surgery. Assist vet and vet-tech with surgery. Assist with going home procedures when pets are picked up. Weekly commitment.

Beautification - Help with laundry, cleaning and organizing supplies. Help with cleaning the grounds, watering plants, weeding and mulch. Weekly commitment.

Pet Therapy - Visit residents in area nursing homes, assisted living centers, retirement villages, etc. You must have a pet with Therapy Certification.

Desk Assistant - Help with phones, taking messages and providing basic info about pets and shelter. Can also run contracts, file, copy and re-stock front desk with informational papers such as volunteer application, wish list, etc. Friday and Saturday during open hours plus any other days the shelter is open.

Office Assistant - Help with filing, mailing and data entry on computer in back office. Weekly commitment.

Animal Transport - Help provide transportation of animals to rescue as needed.

Fostering - Provide in- home Foster support caring for orphaned, injured, abandoned or ill animals until they can be put up for adoption. Home inspection required. One to two month commitment per group of fosters.

Grooming - Volunteers provide baths and grooming for both dogs and cats in need. Weekly commitment.


Dept. Specialist - Help organize resale items in a department (i.e. books, toys, clothes, electronics, house wares, etc.)

In-take Specialist - Sort incoming donations per department. Inspect items for resale or recycle.

Furniture Movers - Pick up and deliver furniture within the community.

Auction Leaders - Send, retrieve or sort sellable items for/from auction.

Estate Sale leader - Going to Estate Sales to remove leftover items and retrieve sellable items.

eBay Specialist - Managing unique items to be sold online.

Seasonal Decoration Specialists - Volunteers are needed to assist with transporting and displaying merchandise for Spring Fling, Christmas in July, Barktoberfest, Black Friday. Volunteers needed four times a year.


Feral TNR Assistants - Help expand existing TNR Program. Assist with Trap, Transport, Care during recovery and release.

PetSmart Liaison - Help Transport cats to adoption locations. Maintaining adoption location living space. Locally and in Erie, PA. Once or twice a week.

Humane Education - Educating and giving information on shelter programs and resources available to the community as needed.

Off-Site Adoption Leaders and Assistants - Taking adoptable pets to adoption locations. Counseling potential adopters to find forever homes for pets. Additional training required. Once or twice a month commitment.

Tag Days - Help with manning location sites for Pennies 4 Paws and Walk 4 Paws Tag Days in the spring and fall. Great opportunities for groups, companies, and friends that have one or two days a year to give back. Once or twice a year commitment.

Special Events - Help with key components of special events such as the Pennies 4 Paws, Walk 4 Paws, Tag Days, Bark n’ Brew, etc. Great opportunity for folks who cannot commit weekly.