Volunteer

Every Animal Deserves Love

Looking for a way to give back? Want to help animals? Then we are looking for you! Here at SEVHS our volunteers are instrumental to helping our facility run! We have a new Volunteer Program set up to work around your likes and still help us with our animals. If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the shelter today!

Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Southeast Volusia Humane Society. We rely on the generosity and hard work of our amazing volunteers, and hope your experience with us will be fulfilling for both you and the animals!

By Answering the following questions, will help enable us to fit the right volunteering opportunities with your skills and personality. On behalf of the SEVHS staff, we thank you for your time.

Southeast Volusia Humane Society
1200 S. Glencoe Road
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Tel: (386) 428-9860
Fax: (386) 423-1376
Email: info@sevhumanesociety.org

Will your volunteering be seasonal? If Yes, what months are you available?
Do you have any special skill or training that would be beneficial to SEVHS?
Volunteer Opportunities (See descriptions of positions below) please select one.
Front Office
Greet the public, helping with adoptions, answering phones, answering questions regarding basic pet care, filing, writing thank you notes, taking incoming lost/found reports, get guests signed in and direct them to Adoption kennel areas.

Kennel Assistant 8-11 am only The shelter must be kept clean to ensure the health and comfort of the animals. Assist with hosing down dog runs, disinfecting all soiled kennel surfaces, removing all soiled bedding and toys to be replaced with clean bedding and toys. Dogs are fed first thing in the morning and feeding bowls and utensils are to be washed on a daily basis.

Dog Socializing A Dog handling class is required prior to taking a dog out of his/her kennel. The class is offered on Saturday mornings from 9-10 or 10-11 weather providing. This job could consist of walking dogs, taking dogs into the appropriate yard to play ball or just run around and exercise in the fresh air! Our dog’s love baths too.

Dog & Puppy Foster Dare
Care for dogs or puppies with special needs in your home until they are ready for adoption. You provide the safe environment and love, and we provide the rest! Prospective foster parents must complete a foster parent application and be approved!

Cat Care Assistant 8 - 11 am only
The shelter must be kept clean to ensure the health and comfort of the animals. Assist with cleaning cat cages, replenish food, change water and scoop and/or change litter boxes as necessary. Removing all soiled bedding and replace with clean bedding.

Cat Socializing
Play with cats inside the building in the designated cat areas. One cat at a time may be taken out of their cage providing the doors are closed and the proper sign is hanging on the outside of the door. You must sanitize your hands between handling another cat.

Cat or Kitten Foster Care
Care for cats or kittens with special needs in your home until they are ready for adoption. You provide the safe environment and love, and we provide the rest! Prospective foster parents must complete a foster parent application and be approved!

Special Events
Participate at special events and SEVHS fundraisers throughout the community at various locations. Assist in setting up and taking down of tents, tables, chairs, displays, Greet the public, hand out flyers, sell merchandise, must have an enthusiastic attitude, use of your vehicle may be required. (Able to lift 25 pounds is helpful, but not necessary).

Delivery & Collections
Deliver flyers to local businesses, libraries and veterinarian offices. Pick up donations for us when needed, use of your vehicle may be required, along with the ability to act accordingly as a representative of the SEVHS. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds if needed.

Pet Therapy
You will prepare and take dogs and/or cats to visit designated locations in the community, nursing homes, etc. Use of your vehicle is required. A Dog Handling class is required prior to beginning pet therapy. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings from 9-10 or 10-11, weather providing.

Disaster Evacuation
Preparation, assisting in loading and unloading of animals and other necessary items for transportation to evacuation location.

General Housekeeping Keeping up with a high volume of laundry, cleaning window, sweeping inside/outside, keeping storage area organized, etc.

Yard Maintenance
Mowing, weed eating, raking, planting, weeding flower beds, trimming,
Adult Volunteer Release
I, _____________________________________hereby give my consent to the Southeast Volusia Humane Society to perform volunteer services and fully understand and acknowledge that services are to be performed subject to all of the rules and regulations of the Society. Any violation thereof shall be cause for immediate dismissal of all services, and that all services I perform are strictly voluntary, without pay or compensation of any sort and without liability of any nature on behalf of the Society. I further acknowledge that all services are performed at my own risk. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives or administrator. I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Southeast Volusia Humane Society, its agents, servants and employees for and against any and all claims, causes of action, demands, judgements, or fees incurred by the Society, including but not limited to animal bites, accidents or injuries.
I _________________________________________ understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. On behalf of myself, I allow the Society to use my photographs for use in any public relations efforts.
Southeast Volusia Humane Society - SAFETY PROCEDURES
1. Always use a lead (leash) when moving of handling any dogs.
2. If an animal is in a run or cage and you are scared or uncomfortable with that animal, please do not handle it! Animals can sense your fear and uneasiness, get assistance from a Staff member.
3. Report all aggressive animals to a SEVHS Staff member immediately. This includes growling, cowering, hissing, and scratching. It can be dangerous to break up a dog fight. Don’t panic, call for help right away!! And above all, keep your safety utmost in your mind.
4. Do NOT allow animals to get close to each other. This could pass along diseases or cause a fight. ALWAYS check with a Staff member on duty if you are unfamiliar with an animal before holding or walking it. You must also wait for a Staff member to hook up an animal to a leash unless O.K.’d to do so without assistance.
5. Report any unusual animal behavior or injury you see to a Staff member. 6. Any kennel or cage marked with QUARANTINE or EMPLOYEES ONLY sign, is strictly off limits to all volunteers unless instructed otherwise. 7. All cuts, scrapes, bites, or injuries of any kind you must report it immediately to the Volunteer Coordinator or Kennel Manager, no matter how minor.
8. Never hold an animal at your face or put your face in the animals face, you could be bitten! 9. If an animal get loose, close the doors. Do not chase the animal, let it go where it wants and let it calm down. Get help if needed and KEEP A SOLID OBJECT BETWEEN AN AGGRESSIVE DOG AND YOU.
10. Don’t go into a run and close it behind you. If an animal becomes frightened or aggressive while you are in the cage, you will not be able to get out and you could be seriously injured. Try to get the animal to come to you first, outside the kennel.
11. If an animal is sleeping, wake it up first by clapping your hands or calling its name from outside its kennel, before putting on a leash or handling it. 12. When handling cats, a lot of the above information applies to them also. You must sanitize your hands after handling each cat.
13. Most of all, we want you to have fun with our furry friends while giving them some much deserved love!