SAVING ANIMALS LIVES...THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO.

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Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for HEART Animal Rescue & Adoption Team. HEART relies solely on the time, energy, and dedication of our volunteers. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities with you.

PLEASE INCLUDE COMPLETE ADDRESS IN THE ADDRESS FIELD
*** STREET, CITY AND ZIP ***
 
First Name Last Name
Address
Home Phone Cell Phone
Email Address
What is the best time to contact you?
Have you volunteered with other animal welfare groups before? Yes No  
If yes, please list the name of that organization:
Why do you want to volunteer for HEART?

How many hours are you planning to commit to volunteer assignments?
Availability (please check all that apply):
Monday AM     Wednesday AM     Friday AM     Sunday AM
Monday PM Wednesday PM Friday PM Sunday PM
Tuesday AM Thursday AM Saturday AM Flexible
Tuesday PM Thursday PM Saturday PM    

Volunteer Areas of Interest

In order to help us find the best job for you, please select all areas that you are interested in. Please note that this is an application and not a guarantee of placement.

Adoption Counselor
  • Respond to calls on cat adoption phone line.
  • Respond to e-mails via website.
  • Perform pre-adoption interviews (screen potential adoptive homes).
  • Perform adoption follow-up phone calls.
Adoption Shows
  • Work cat adoptions shows.
  • Coordinate workers for adoption shows.
  • Set up or take down adoption shows.
  • Help transport cats to/from adoption shows.
Caregiver [PetSmart Orchard Park]
  • Work directly with HEART cats staying overnight at PetSmart. Help keep cats happy and content with clean cages, food, water, love, and attention. Evening shifts available.
Caregiver [PETCO West Seneca]
  • Work directly with HEART cats staying overnight at PetSmart. Help keep cats happy and content with clean cages, food, water, love, and attention. Evening shifts available.
Crafts
  • Sew or stuff catnip sticks.
  • Do you have flair for decorating cookies? Frost and decorate fancy dog biscuits.
Foster Parent Team
  • This is a very important job and a separate application is required.
Foster Care Assistant
  • Serve as assistant to Foster Home Coordinator.
  • Coordinator foster animals for adoption shows.
  • Make home visits to potential foster homes.
Fundraising
  • Initiate and organize fundraising projects.
  • Enhance an existing fundraiser.
  • Serve as chairperson for a major fundraiser.
  • Assist with an event by helping with set-up/clean-up, serving, raffles and more.
Grant Writing
  • Do you have creative grand-writing expertise to help us identify foundation and corporate grants and to prepare formal grant applications?
Humane Education
  • Visit schools to teach children lessons on the care of animals and the responsilities of pet ownership and the important work of HEART.
  • Manage Scout Program
Marketing/Public Relations
  • Broaded awareness of HEART in the community.
  • Look for opportunities to participate in community events to promote organization.
  • Manage publicity and public relations to provide a "recognized" image.
  • Serve as liaison to local media (TV, radio, newspapers)
  • Look for media opportunities to promote HEART.
Pet Adoption Center (Hamburg)
  • Maintenance Assistant - Provide important behind the scenes help caring for the cats, cleaning, and preparing the adoption center to be open to the public.
  • Adoption Assistant - Work when the adoption center is open to answer phone calls from the public, greet visitors, answer questions about adoption and HEART procedures; general questions about basic cat behavior and care; facilitate introductions between animals and potential adopters.
Pet Enrichment Team
  • Visit adult day care centers and nursing homes with animals.
Public Outreach/Special Events
  • Speak to community groups and civic organizations to promote an understanding of pet overpopulation, the plight of homeless animals in Western New York, and the important work HEART does.
  • Serve as a liason for organizations that wish to raise money or collect supplies for HEART.
Recruitment/Retention
  • Find new ways to recruit volunteers.
  • Find ways to retain existing volunteers and reward their hard work.
  • Organize membership drives.
  • Set up information tables at special events, adoption shows, and community events.
Rescue Assistant
  • Respond to calls for help on our emergency on phone line.
  • Respond to e-mail requests for help.
  • Provide alternative recommendations for animals we cannot place in foster care.
Other Skills I'd like to share with HEART

Volunteer Agreement

  1. My services to HEART are provided strictly in a voluntary capacity as a Volunteer, and without any express or implied promise of salary, compensation, or other payment of any kind whatsoever.
  2. I will familiarize myself and comply with HEART's policies and procedures applicable to Volunteers. I will adhere to all HEART policies and procedures and understand that failure to do so may result in my termination as a Volunteer.
  3. I fully understand that HEART expects high standards of moral and ethical treatment of the animals under its care. I also understand that HEART expects respectful treatment of HEART clients, partners, and other Volunteers. I agree to abide by these standards in my capacity as a Volunteer.
  4. I will not represent HEART outside my immediate Volunteer capacity. I understand that HEART has designated staff to represent HEART to any media organizations.
  5. I acknowledge and confirm that as a Volunteer I may acquire information on the organization, its volunteers, and about certain matters and things which are of a confidential nature and that such information is the exclusive property of the organization and will remain in the strictest confidence.
  6. I understanding that public relations is an important part of a Volunteer's activities on behalf of HEART and hereby authorize HEART to use any photographs of me in its possession for public relations purposes.

I verify that all information provided on this application is true. Any misrepresentation or omission of facts may result in denial of a volunteer opportunity or dismissal from volunteer program. By signing below, I accept a position as a Volunteer for HEART Animal Rescue & Adoption Team Inc. and understand and agree to the above Volunteer Agreement.


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