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Volunteer Openings

Cat Program

Cat Socializer
  • Socializing cats to provide them with human companionship in order to keep them happy, provide them with exercise and help them find their forever home;
  • Brush cats to improve coat;
  • Make notes about the animals’ behavior for use by staff and potential adopters;
  • Alert medical team to any issues of concern.
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation;
  • Use safe animal handling practices (instruction provided) when interacting with the animals;
  • Follow directions from a Team Lead;
  • Adhere to guidelines in DAWS Volunteer Handbook.
  • On the job training is provided by DAWS Personnel and experienced volunteers;
  • Additional training warranted by position.
Bethel Shelter

One 2 hour shift (6-8 Monday – Friday , 2-4 Saturday and/or Sunday)

Dog Program

Dog Socializer
  • Walk dogs or spend time in exercise yards;
  • Read and follow the kennel signage when working with a specific dog;
  • Use safe animal handling and designated training protocols;
  • Read Evaluation Book on needs of ALL dogs for safe handling and to aid in adoption inquiries;
  • Clean kennels when necessary for the comfort and safety of the dogs;
  • Scoop feces and dispose of properly in the yards as well as on walks;
  • Socialize and/or leash train dogs increasing their adoptability;
  • Write notes about observations of behavior or health issues (limping, loose stool, barking with other dogs approach, etc);
  • Other related assistance as asked by Team Lead or Staff;
  • Assist with kennel laundry.
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation;
  • Attend a Basic Dog Handling course provided by the DAWS trainers;
  • Physically able to handle dogs of all sizes, shapes, and strength
  • Appropriate dress and shoes required;
  • Compliance to organization guidelines and procedures as noted in DAWS Volunteer Handbook.
  • Basic Dog Handling course provided by the DAWS trainers;
  • Advanced dog handling & training techniques provided by DAWS Training Team as needed.
Bethel Shelter

One 2 hour shift (6-8 Monday – Friday , 2-4 Saturday and/or Sunday)

Dog Bather
  • Groom and bathe dogs
  • Knowledge of dogs; 
  • Work with limited supervision and follow directions;
  • Attendance at DAWS Orientation session;
  • Attendance at Basic Dog Handling course provided by DAWS trainers;
  • Compliance to organization guidelines and procedures as noted in DAWS Volunteer Handbook.
  • Training will be provided by Shelter Manager.
Bethel shelter

Flexible hours (day and evening)

Various

Volunteer Foster Parent
  • Love, Feed, socialize, groom, introduce basic training, and care for the animals as if they were your own;
  • Bring foster animal(s) to scheduled veterinarian appointments and adoption open houses;
  • Observe and report any problems with the animal to the Foster Care Coordinator;
  • Return the animal to the Shelter upon request or according to any special arrangements made by the Foster Coordinator or DAWS Staff;
  • Comply with Danbury Animal Welfare’s policies and foster volunteers should consider themselves ambassadors of the Foster Care Program.
  • Attend a Foster Program Orientation;
  • Home visit by a DAWS Foster program representative;
  • Understand the requirements of being a DAWS Foster as outlined in the; Foster Manual which will be provided at the Orientation Meeting.
  • Training will be customized based on the animal to be fostered
At your home

Depends on your needs and needs of animals

Videographer/Photographer
  • Take video or photos at DAWS related events such as the Walk for Animals and the DAWS Making a Difference Ball;
  • Currently looking for a photographer to take pictures for Holiday Card fundraising event;
  • Take video of our adoptable animals to place on YouTube and our DAWS.org website.
  • Knowledgeable about photography, and /or video production;
  • Working knowledge of social media outlets a plus.
  • Not Required, but Volunteer Orientation is recommended
At your home

Depends on your needs and needs of animals

Graphic Designer
  • DAWS needs a graphic designer to create DAWS branded flyers, brochures and other materials.
  • Professional experience required, this is not for beginners
  • Must have own computer
  • Understanding of DAWS logo & color palatte
  • Will take direction from Marketing & Development, Dog & Cat Program, and Community Outreach Coorinator
  • Must attend volunteer orientation
  • Review current/past flyers, brochures, etc.
Bethel Shelter
  • As needed, work is done at home