Our shelter has one full time employee and several part time staff. They do a lot with a little and appreciate all that the volunteers do to make those jobs easier. The Board appreciates it because it really helps keep the cost of running our facilities lower so we can devote resources to the medical care and comfort of the animals. We have five rooms of animals that are considered by most people to be "unadoptable" because of their medical needs or age. We keep those animals as healthy and comfortable as we can for as long as we can.
Please note the duties can be a little challenging: Most of the cats are free roaming in rooms where they interact with the other cats and volunteers. The cat volunteer position is about 2 1/2 hours of training and requires cleaning of litter pans, replenishing food and water bowls and general cleaning of the room including the floors. A dog volunteer position also takes about 2 1/2 hours of training, can involve walking large dogs, feeding and cleaning the kennel runs.
Both positions have the reward of interacting with the animals by brushing or sitting and playing with them after the hard work is done!