Make a Difference, be a Shelter Volunteer!

Become a shelter volunteer!Online Volunteer Form!

Volunteers are the life blood of HOKAFI. Without each and every volunteer committing their time to care for our shelter residents we could not do what we do on a daily basis, 24/7, 365 days a year for the special dogs and cats at HOKAFI.

Top ten reasons to volunteer at the shelter

  • Help abused and unwanted animals get loving homes!
  • Brush up on your cleaning skills!
  • Being a human love toy to cats and dogs is a great stress reliever!
  • Socialize scared and/or shy cats and dogs!
  • Meet lots of great people!
  • Feels great to know that you CAN make a difference!
  • Takes just a few hours...work around YOUR schedule!
  • Help is needed in all sorts of areas, grounds keeping, administrative, medical, foster parents, and fundraising.
  • Warm fuzzy feeling when a cat and dog you've helped finds their forever home!
  • You are needed and appreciated by humans and animals alike!

Volunteer positions available!

Volunteer positions are always available in all areas of the shelter for both dogs and cats:

  • TobyTowne Building – Long-term free roaming area housing up to 30 adult cats.
  • Main Cat Building
    • Short-term - free roaming areas with adoptable cats and kittens.
    • Special Needs – Long-term, free roaming areas with separate rooms for FIV, Feline Leukemia and cats requiring specific care.
    • Basement Area – Short-term, caged and free roaming areas for new arrivals, sick/injured cats and post ops.
  • Dog Building – Kennel facilities for up to 10 dogs.

Cat Shelter duties include:

  • Cage cleaning
  • Litter box maintenance
  • Feeding
  • General shelter cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Grooming

Cat Adoption Team Members Needed - duties include:

Introducing visitors to cats from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. one Saturday per month, doing reference check phone calls on applicants and emailing information to team members, and meeting with adopters to complete paperwork and send cat on the way to “furever” home.  Later follow-up phone calls are done to see how cat is doing in new home.  For more information, contact Kathy Reid by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave voicemail at (717) 697-3377.

Requirements for Cat Shelter Volunteers:

  • All volunteers must have a current tetanus vaccine.
  • All cat shelter volunteers must be 13 years of age or older. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Shelter work is physical - bending and lifting is extensive.
  • Must enjoy direct contact with animals and have some experience in handling them.
  • Average time needed is 2-4 hours weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or we can work around your schedule.
  • Volunteers are needed mornings, evenings, weekdays and weekends.
  • Each volunteer must provide their own transportation to the shelter in Dillsburg.
  • For their own safety and well-being, volunteers may not work at the shelter if pregnant however, many other volunteer opportunities are available.

Dog Shelter duties include:

  • Walking and exercising dogs many of whom are young adult, large, energetic and jump up on people or pull hard on leash.
  • Basic training cues - sit, stay, come etc.
  • Grooming

Requirements for Dog Shelter Volunteers:

  • All volunteers must have a current tetanus vaccine.
  • All dog shelter volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Shelter work is physical - bending and lifting is extensive.
  • Must enjoy direct contact with medium to large size dogs and prefer some experience in handling them but can receive training.
  • Average time needed is 2-4 hours weekly. Bi-weekly, monthly or we can work around your schedule.
  • Volunteers are needed mornings, evenings, weekdays and weekends.
  • Each volunteer must provide their own transportation to the shelter in Dillsburg.
  • For their own safety and well-being, volunteers may not work at the shelter if pregnant, however, many other volunteer opportunities are available.

If you'd prefer to help “behind the scenes” we need help with:

  • Fund raising
  • Grounds/Building Maintenance
  • Public event booth
  • Graphic Arts
  • Grant writing

Give us a call at 717-697-3377 or contact us here if you have any questions or other ideas on ways you would like to help but don’t see your special talent listed.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AN ANIMALS' LIFE

VOLUNTEER!

YOU WILL BE SO HAPPY YOU DID!

Click here to fill out a Volunteer Form online!