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ANIMAL CARE - ALL MORNINGS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cleaning and feeding the shelter pets are the areas in which we need the most help. Lend a hand by helping MHS care technicians provide the very best care for our animals. This opportunity includes extensive cleaning of kennels, cages, and catillions of our Canine, Feline and Small Animal friends. Volunteers need to complete Canine, Feline and Small Animal Safe-Handling and Cleaning Protocol Training. You must be 18 years of age to work with our Shelter Dogs.
SHELTER CARE - EVERY DAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Shelter Care is very important in keeping our animals and Shelter clean. Cleaning the Shelter and helping with laundry and dishes is always ongoing and help is always much appreciated. Volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Orientation session.
ANIMAL TRAINING AND ENRICHMENT - EVERY DAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Visit, play, and socialize with our resident felines. Take a cat who lives in a Tokyo cage or "townhouse" into a visiting room to "spread their paws", or hang out with the colonized cats in one of our catillions. With over 80 cats available for adoption, you are sure to discover a fabulous feline friend while playing a vital role is helping adopters find their perfect cat companion. Volunteers need to complete the Feline Safe-Handling & Enrichment Training.
Volunteers interested in working with dogs are required to complete the Canine Safe-Handling & Enrichment Training in order to learn how to safely handle and interact with shelter dogs, outfit dogs with proper equipment, as well as provide appropriate enrichment and socialization. You must be 18 years of age to work with our Shelter Dogs.
Further your knowledge of and interest in animal training by working one-on-one with MHS training and behavioral staff and/or attending a shelter dog training class at the Training Center. Enrich the lives of shelter cats by engaging them in fun clicker-training sessions-you'd be amazed at the things a cat will do for a small bite of tuna! By learning positive reinforcement training methods, Volunteers can enhance the lives of our shelter dogs and cats.
GREETER/CUSTOMER SERVICE - WED - FRI 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM and SAT & SUN 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Help facilitate adoption by assisting customers with adoption paperwork, directing lobby traffic, answering questions and handing out information. Volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Orientation session.
FOSTER CARE PROGRAM - ON-GOING IN YOUR HOME
Foster families play a very important role at MHS. Opening up your homes to litters of kittens, pregnant mother cats, timid cats and dogs, and injured animals seeking quiet respite is very rewarding. By providing quality care, socialization, and lots of TLC, foster families help enrich the lives of our animals by helping to ready them for adoption.
Become a foster parent today! Call the Foster Coordinator, 603-352-9011, ext. 123, to request an application or simply stop by the Adoption and Learning Center to pick one up.
FACILITIES - DAYS AND HOURS VARY
MHS is always looking for Volunteers with a green thumb or just a general interest in helping to keep our facility clean, safe, and beautiful. Ways in which Volunteers can help include: planting flowers, raking walking trails, recycling, painting, or decorating for the holidays. Volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Orientation session.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE/SPECIAL EVENTS - DAYS AND HOURS VARY
Have some free time on your hands? Come in and help with a variety of administrative projects and office tasks. Enjoy planning, organizing, working with a team, and meeting new people? MHS has many opportunities for Volunteers interested in helping to facilitate special events including our annual Walk for Animals. Volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Orientation session.
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE -
- The public is ALWAYS welcome to visit and socialize with available shelter animals during our open hours.
- Take a look at our Wish List and hold a fundraiser or donation drive to help support the homeless animals of the Monadnock Region.
- Be a voice for the homeless animals! Come see us and find out why MHS is a nationally recognized Adoption and Learning Center. Then, share your experience with your friends, family and neighbors.
Schools and other non-profit organizations wishing to participate in the MHS Volunteer Program should contact Sam Mathewes, Program Coordinator, at 352-9011, ext. 147 or email email@example.com. MHS staff will work with teachers, program coordinators, and guardians/caregivers to establish an appropriate program for interested groups and/or individuals.