Become a KCHA Volunteer
We are always in need of excited and energized volunteers!
There are several things you need to know before diving into a volunteer position at the shelter. For instance, proper care and handling of animals is imperative. Not only for your safety, but mostly for the health of the animals in our care, we always insist that you do not put your fingers in the cages. (If you’ve visited the shelter, you’ve probably seen signs saying this.) To ensure that our volunteers are knowledgeable and prepared, we require a mandatory Volunteer Orientation. Our Shelter Manager conducts the orientation sessions and can provide more information to you when you fill out a volunteer application form.
You can choose to do things with the animals or for the animals but either way, the following points apply:
- You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer, and – if under 18 – provide parental consent.
- Attendance at a Volunteer Orientation is required before volunteering, as stated above. When you apply to volunteer, we will schedule you for orientation. They are typically held on Friday afternoons at 3:00.
- You can pick up an application for volunteering at the shelter, or you can call (304) 342-1576 and have one sent to you. (We should have the form online soon for you to print off and submit.)
All of us long for the day when all unwanted animals are adopted. But the truth is, there are too many being born. Until the time that pet owners become responsible, we will have the problem of too many animals and not enough good homes. You as a volunteer can help in many ways. Listed below are some of the ways in which you can help.
- Help to educate the public when they come into the shelter.
- Bathing and grooming are always needed. No one wants to adopt a dirty animal.
- Exercise the animals by walking the dogs and playing with the cats. Animals become depressed when they are deprived of attention and exercise. (Note that animals chosen for walking and other physical contact will be selected by shelter staff.)
- We always need volunteers for special projects such as adopt-a-thons, pet parades, fundraisers, etc.
- We need help with cleaning the shelter and maintaining the grounds.
- We always have dirty laundry. We use towels for bathing and to keep the animals dry on the runs.
If volunteering at the actual shelter location doesn’t appeal to you, but you still want to help KCHA, here are some ideas for things you can do.
- Hold a car wash, garage sale, lemonade stand, bake sale, raffle, or penny drive at your work or school to benefit the shelter.
- Call the shelter to help with one-time special projects and events. (Decorate recycle bins, landscape the shelter grounds, make shelter signs, etc.).
- Check out our WISH LIST in the Donations section of the site for much needed shelter supplies.
- Shop in our Thrift Store. All proceeds come straight back to KCHA operations.
- Attend shelter events like the annual Fur Ball, various fundraisers, adopt-a-thons, etc. (See the Events page for upcoming activities.)
- Make a monetary donation.
- Have another idea we haven’t discussed? Let us know!
A NOTE ABOUT DISEASE CONTROL
Your own pets should be current on their vaccines. Animal diseases are contagious to your pets and other animals in the shelter. The staff works very hard to prevent the spread of disease and therefore we must have rules and regulations. For this reason we have signs that say, “Do not put fingers in cages.” We request that you wash your hands before and after each animal that you touch. There are other rules that will be covered when you volunteer. One of the most important acts that you perform is to alert the staff of any animal showing symptoms of illness.