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Make a difference in the lives of animals in our community by getting involved in our programs and events. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Adoption

Animal Care 

Community Clinic

Community Outreach and Humane Education

Dog Training Class Assistant

Events

Feral Cat Trapper

Foster Care

Fundraising

Office

Photography

Ringworm Treatment Team

Social Media

Virtual Volunteer

Web Pet and Printed Publication Projects


Adoption

Client Care: Assist visitors as they look for a new companion. Explain the policies and procedures of adoption to potential adopters and assist them with necessary paperwork.

Off-site adoptions: Assist with bathing and transporting adoptable animals. Set-up and breakdown at off-site location. Talk with prospective adopters while they choose a new companion, helping them find a pet that fits their lifestyle. Explain the policies and procedures of adopting and have them fill out all necessary paperwork, including the adoption contract. Collect adoption fees. Off-site events are 100% volunteer driven.


Animal Care

Work directly with the animals at the shelter. Opportunities include walking and conducting enrichment activities with dogs, socializing with cats and other smalls animals, providing medicated baths and assisting with obediance training. Exercising and socializing the animals is very important to their mental health. Companion animals suffer without companionship. Due to the volume of animals our staff has precious few minutes to commit to this basic need.


Community Clinic

We need volunteers to help in the front lobby cleaning and greeting customers, as well as behind the scens assisting with laundry and cleaning duties. Qualified Vet-Techs may also assist with Vet-Tech duties, cleaning kennels, feeding animals and greet/assist clients on an as needed basis. (Must be approved by clinic). 

 

Community Outreach and Humane Education

Show & Tail school program (Not Available to Teams) Take your dog into the classroom and teach children the basics of animal safety and responsible pet guardianship. Must be available during the week and possibly some weekends, depending on requests and own a dog with a tolerance for large groups of small children. If you do not own an appropriate dog we will provide a puppy for you to take to the classroom.

 

Dog Training Class Assistance

Volunteers who can clock in through Volgistics are eligible to assist with training classes including Puppy Manners, Basic Manners and Reactive Rover. They also may be asked to help with in-shelter private training. All training assistants must have dog handling abilities and access to dog condos to utilize shelter dogs for Reactive Rover both group class and private.
In addition, volunteers who assist with classes can bring their own dog to one class series per year free of charge or “gift” a complimentary class to a family member. ALL volunteers, not just class assistants, get 50% off group classes and private training, depending on availability of space, once they have logged 120 hours in Volgistics.

 

Events

Throughout the year we put on large fundraising events including NOLA on Tap and the Howling Success Gala. For these large events we often need volunteer the days leading up to and during the event to assist with setup, takedown, tabling and general event tasks.

 

Feral Cat Trapper

Have experience trapping cats? Want to learn? Volunteer cat trappers work off Louisiana SPCA's wait list to help clients bring feral cats in for medical care through our TNR program. This program helps to protect our feral cat communties while also decreasing their population over time.

 

Foster Care

Provide temporary in-home care for special needs animals, dogs awaiting transport to another adoption facility, or participate in the Fast Track Foster Program where you keep the animal until they are adopted.

 

Fundraising

Volunteer with the  Development Team aiding with designing, organizing or implementing fund raising details or events. Professional organized individuals with any of the following skills are very welcome to work on projects: data management, computer skills, community relations/contacts, and phone or writing skills. There are multiple ways to put your talents and skills to great use with volunteer fund raising; still not sure, feel free to contact us.

 

Office

Assist staff with office duties including answering the phone, inputting information into the computer, directing questions about animal care and animal control to the proper department and answering questions about shelter policy and procedures.


Photography

Take candid digital pictures of dog obedience students, events, off-site adoption days, volunteers at shelter, staff at shelter, etc. Must have high-quality digital camera and ability to place pictures on a CD and mail to shelter. Pictures will be used on our Web site, Facebook, annual report, etc.

 

Ringworm Treatment Team

Our small but dedicated Volunteer Ringworm Treatment Team treats animals at the shelter with a spray dip twice a week, and is seeking more volunteers to join this team. This opportunity usually occurs on Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Saturdays or Sundays. The whole process usually takes 1-2 hours. 

The name is misleading, but ringworm is not a worm at all. It is a mold-like fungal skin infection, like athlete's foot. It is contagious and a shelter animal with ringworm puts other shelter animals at risk of contracting the infection, but our treatment team takes precatuions to prevent the spread, and to prevent contracting it themselves. We provide gowns, gloves and booties to protect volunteers who help us prevent the spread of this contagious infection.

By agreeing to commit one to two hours a week, you will help save lives. Between the treatment team and a group of dedicated foster families who open their homes to animals with ringworm during treatment, we have saved many lives helping hundreds of homeless animals recover from ringworm and find their forever homes.

 

Social Networking

Engages with donors, volunteers and general supporters through Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. If you are interested in helping us engage your peers let us know.

 

Web Pet and Printed Publications Projects

Take pictures of the adoptable animals for our Web site, as well as various other outlets; including Craigslist, Gambit Weekly, Petfinder.com. Write descriptions based on personal interaction with pet, feedback from staff and information gained at animal intake.

 

Virtual Volunteer

The Virtual Volunteer program is a volunteer opportunity designed to engage students or individuals with jobs that prevent them from being able to make it to the shelter. Volunteer time is earned by posting about the Louisiana SPCA on your own social media as well as sharing the Louisiana SPCA's posts.

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