reTails relies on volunteers to make it all happen! The reTails pet adoption center at Washington Square Mall runs by the hard work of volunteers! There are volunteer opportunities for both adults and kids, age 14 and older.
What do volunteers do at the Washington Square Mall adoption center, and what are the expectations?
- The adoption center is open Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday; there are no adoption center volunteer duties outside of these days/times
- New volunteers are expected to learn and follow the rules for volunteers in the adoption center
- Be prepared to begin your volunteer work at the scheduled time and work to the end of your scheduled shift
- Wear a red shirt with no printing or logos, appropriate for a business environment
- Maintain a pleasant, helpful and calm demeanor (i.e. no yelling, running or drama)
- Monitor and ensure the safety and comfort of store visitors and other volunteers
- Answer questions from visitors, or direct visitors to someone else who can provide an answer
- Quickly and calmly clean up any messes caused by animals or visitors
- Pending qualification, volunteers may walk dogs and interact with dogs and cats
- Washing blankets, beds and towels
- Washing bowls and litterboxes
- Picking up and sweeping
Although most people enjoy interacting with animals, the purpose of the adoption center is to find homes for the animals, so the handling of and interaction with the animals is limited to keeping the animals comfortable, and helping visitors meet and adopt them. New volunteers are able to interact with the animals under the supervision of a senior volunteer or as directed by the store manager.
What other opportunities are available for volunteers?
If you're at least 18 years old and have a talent that might help grow the organization, let us know. We are particularly interested in reliable volunteers that can offer business/administrative or logistical support to help us grow our infrastructure.
Since we don't operate a shelter, our animals live in the foster homes, and the burden of transporting the animals can sometimes be difficult for the foster parents. If you might be interested in transporting animals, let us know!