The problem of pet overpopulation belongs to the community as a whole, not just to the people paid to work at the Animal Shelter. Without volunteers, the quality of life of pets in the animal shelter would be much lower. They would seldom be taken out for walks, bathed, or just socialized in general, without volunteers. While paid staff of the Animal Shelter meet the physical needs of the pets in the shelter, our volunteers provide all the extras that help the pets get adopted!
“It’s a real pleasure working with all the staff there who treat the volunteers almost as well as they treat the rescue animals, which is saying something.” ~Steve
Volunteers spend many hours giving individual attention to the dogs and cats and doing adoption outreach work. The outreach work includes working as adoption guides at the shelter, assisting visitors with counseling and answering questions about the pets, and in off-site adoption work at places like Petsmart and taking our mobile adoption trailer out with pets for adoption to different locations around the town and county.
“Becoming part of the volunteer team at GAS has been both rewarding and enjoyable and I learn something new with each encounter.” ~Diane
In order to volunteer, you must be 16 or older and will need to attend a Volunteer Orientation session. This one-hour session will give you an overview of all the different volunteer opportunities. Orientations are held at the shelter the first Saturday of each month at noon. After the orientation, we have a one-hour “dog walk training” class for those interested in helping to walk dogs.
An additional orientation is usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in case you can’t make the first Saturday orientation. Check the calendar on our home page (lower right) for exact dates.
If you wish to give some of yourself to the homeless cats and dogs of your community, you can simply show up at an orientation, or you can contact us at (512) 930-3592. April Haughey is the Shelter’s volunteer coordinator, as well as the shelter manager.
Examples of volunteer activities:
Walking dogs (we are adjacent to a large park with miles of walking paths and sidewalks)
- Leash training of dogs
- Socializing puppies and kittens
- Bathing pets
- Adoption work
- Cleaning cages and kennels
- Landscape work
- Carpentry or minor construction
- Repairs and maintenance
- Special event planning