OCHS relies heavily on volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer, and a variety of skills and talents are always in need. Volunteer interest forms may be found online, at the shelter and at our Thrift Shop on Bay Street. When the completed application has been received, the prospective volunteer will be contacted for an interview. Once the applicant has been accepted into our volunteer program, the staff will conduct initial training for the specific area the volunteer has been assigned to. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation that will be held at a later date.
We welcome volunteers of any age The following are just some of the tasks needing volunteer help.
Our shelter depends on volunteers to assist the staff with the daily needs of our animals.
Cat and Kitten Area Cleaning
Cat and Kitten Socialization
Dog Kennel Cleaning
Dog Walkers / Socializing
Foster Care Homes
Our store on Bay Street provides the major support for our organization and our animals.
Receive and sort goods
Moving and arrange merchandise
Pickup and delivery
We are always in need of dedicated and committed volunteers who want to support our organization. Adult volunteers must be 18 years of age. A minimum commitment of eight hours per month is requested and the intent to serve for at least six months.
We believe that it is important for all of our volunteers to understand how our organization runs and how we support each other in our mission to save our animals. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Young Adult Volunteers (16 to 18 years old)
Young people, over the age of 16 but not older than 18 years of age, may volunteer without a parent or guardian in attendance. It is our hope and expectation that the Young Adult volunteer can donate eight hours a month, and commit to volunteer for at least six months.
The Young Adult volunteer must complete and submit a Volunteer Application with his/her parent or guardian co-signing the Volunteer Application and Waiver.
Youth Volunteers (under 16)
Youth volunteers are under the age of 16 and must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian while they are volunteering. The youth volunteer must complete a Volunteer Application, and the volunteer’s parent or guardian must also complete a Volunteer Application and Waiver.
We ask that the youth volunteer donate a minimum of three hours a month, and commit to volunteer for at least six months.
Beyond the Shelter and Thrift Shop, we have other areas where volunteers are needed. Here are some examples.