Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older to work independently with dogs and cats. Youth volunteers ages 6-14 years old may work with cats as a Pet Pals Team if volunteering with a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Parents/guardians of youth volunteers should submit applications in their own (the parent/guardian’s) name, as well as applications for the youth.
Approved volunteers will gain access to our online platform where they can view available opportunities, sign up for shifts, and track their hours. Volunteers will also receive a monthly email newsletter with updates and information about volunteer activities.
There is a$30 fee for individuals or $40 for Pet Pal Teams associated with becoming a volunteer which covers the cost of name tags, handbooks, t-shirts, uniforms, training and other program related expenses. The fee is waived for college students.
Potter League volunteers must commit to giving four hours of service each month for a period of six months. Failure to meet these requirements will result in account deactivation, and to resume volunteering you would need to restart the application process.
We are currently most in need of volunteers with weekday availability between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Specific shifts needed during this time include:
The first step to getting started as a volunteer at the Potter League is to attend a General Information Session.
Sessions are currently being held virtually and cover information about our mission, programs & services, volunteer opportunities, and the minimum requirements for all volunteers.
Following the information session, we will email you the volunteer application login. We ask that you complete this application where you then will self-schedule an orientation class.
This orientation class includes a tour of the Animal Care & Adoption Center or one of the Veterinary Clinics and its inner workings and safety protocols, as well as an introduction to the many opportunities available to volunteers.
Once you complete an orientation, you’ll have an active profile on our volunteer portal to begin signing up for shifts.
Shifts that involve working directly with animals require additional training and are available weekly.
The first step to getting started as a volunteer at the Potter League is to attend a volunteer information session. Orientations are held twice a month at the Potter League Animal Care & Adoption Center. At the information session, prospective volunteers are invited to learn more about the Potter League, volunteer roles, and how you can get involved.
Our amazing volunteers support all areas of the organization. Learn about the ways you can volunteer to help the animals.