Volunteer Application



  • You must be 16 years of age or older. (Volunteers under 18 require parent permission and are taken on a limited basis, based on need).
  • You must complete a volunteer application.
  • You must sign a Volunteer Agreement and a Release and Hold Harmless Agreement.
  • Volunteers must attend required trainings and meetings periodically.
  • Volunteers must commit to at least two shifts per month.
  • Volunteers must show up for your scheduled shifts on time.  If you cannot make a scheduled shift, you must notify a manager in a timely fashion.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team. HEART relies solely on the time, energy, and dedication of our volunteers.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you soon.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Application

  • Sew or stuff catnip sticks or catnip pillows.
  • Do you have a flair for decorating cookies? Frost or decorate dog biscuits.
  • Initiate and organize fundraising projects.
  • Assist chairperson for a major fundraiser.
  • Assist with an event by helping with set-up/clean-up, serving raffles and more.
  • Acquire donations for upcoming events.
  • Do you have creative grant-writing expertise to help us identify foundation and corporate grants and to prepare formal grant applications?
  • Visit schools to teach children lessons on the care of animals and the responsibilities of pet ownership and the important work of HEART.
  • Broaden 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.
  • Find new ways to recruit volunteers.
  • Find ways to retain existing volunteers and reward their hard work.
  • HAC morning cleaning staff to provide important behind the scenes help caring for the cats, cleaning and preparing the adoption center to be open to the public.
  • Work when the adoption center is open to the public evenings & Saturday to greet visitors, answer questions about basic cat behavior and care and adoptions.
  • 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 liaison for organizations that wish to raise money or collect supplies for 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.

7. I agree to attend and assist with a minimum of 2 of HEART's main fundraising events.

Heart Animal Rescue and Adoption Team Inc.Heart Animal Rescue and Adoption Team Inc.


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Hamburg, NY  14075
Phone:  716-821-1915

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