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Volunteering and Foster Care


Do you love walking dogs? Playing with cats? Snuggling bunnies? If so, we want you as a volunteer! Our brand new animal shelter is officially open to the public, and we’re looking to create a dedicated team of volunteers to support all aspects of the shelter operations. We need volunteers who want to help us with our chores and paperwork just as much as we need volunteers to help walk dogs and play with cats. Some of the opportunities that volunteers will be able to take part in right away are: 

Dog Team Volunteers: Help with our adoptable dogs
Cat Team Volunteers: Help with our adoptable cats 
Critter Crew Volunteers: Help with all of our other adoptable species 
Shelter Helper: Help with general shelter chores 
Administrative Assistant: Help support our Customer Service staff 
Offsite Event Volunteer: Help at various adoption events in the community 
Foster Care Volunteer: Our shelter will have a robust and active foster program! 

Opportunities will be plentiful, ranging from day trips to long term care. So who can volunteer? Anyone that is at least 14 years old will have the opportunity to volunteer onsite at the shelter. Teens ages 14-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian at all times and teens 16-17 may volunteer independently with written parental consent. Anyone at least 18 years old is free to volunteer independently without parental consent. 

Volunteers will be required to commit 5 hours per month for at least 6 months, including mandatory trainings.
If you’d like to attend an orientation, fill out our volunteer application here: 

Volunteer Application

Please note that there is usually at least a 1 month delay to attend orientation since we are working through a waitlist of excited community members.

Foster Care

The opportunity to share your time with a shelter pet for a few hours to a few weeks or longer is all available through our foster program. Help raise the most as risk pets in our community and create happy and healthy pets for years to come! 

The EGAS Foster Program includes:

Doggy Day Out – Field Trips and Sleepovers for our dogs.
Traditional Fostering – Raising kittens and puppies until they are old enough for adoption.
Medical Recovery – Creating a healing space in your home for animal post-surgery or recovering from illness.
Behavioral Hurdles – Socializing our “Spirit Kittens” or “Spirit Pups” and working through behavioral challenges with our adult dogs and cats.
Staycations and Adoption Marketing – Giving long stay dogs and cats time outside of the shelter and helping them get adopted.
Critter Camp – Fostering of small mammals and reptiles.

Joining our foster network is simple! Just apply, join us on Facebook and attend trainings online or in person as they become available 

Fill out the application

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