HART cannot do this alone. HART is staffed by an all volunteer force and funded by public donations. If you would like to become a part of our team, there are several ways you can help.
Volunteers are the reason for any success story at HART. Without volunteers, we can not continue the mission of helping these animals. Volunteers come in all forms. They each may have a specific background, skill set, knowledge, ability or talent that can benefit the animals. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out a HART Volunteer application form, and we will be more than happy to find a place where you think you could be the most beneficial.
Below are just some of the things you can do to help as a volunteer:
Work Adopt-A-Pet (AAP) Locations
Volunteers are needed to help set up cages at mobile adoptions, make sure that the dogs are walked, all animals have fresh water, each animal has a cage card, and talk to prospective adopters about the animals. At the end of the adoption event, the cages need to be folded up and re-loaded into the trailer, bedding and bowls put away, cage cards put away and animals loaded back into the foster parents vehicles for transport back home. Some people prefer to work with the dogs and others with cats and some love both – you may choose what YOU want to do. If you can only stay for an hour or two rather than the entire time – we will appreciate any time you can give. If certain locations are move convenient – or some are impossible for you to attend – you can choose where and when you want to help – but once committed, we count on your presence!
Make Phone Calls, Send E-mail
Planning AAP events requires making phone calls or sending e-mail to volunteers, foster parents and pet stores- all of which can be done at different times of the day or evening. If you can help on a regular basis, we can train new volunteers in making calls to organize the events or even returning some calls made to our voice mail.
Transport Animals to Veterinary Offices
Animals rescued from shelters must be picked up by authorized volunteers and transported to various vet’s offices for testing and vaccinations prior to being placed in a foster home. This needs to be done during the week either in the morning or afternoon Since many of our volunteers have full-time day-jobs we need volunteers who have time during the day to help with this task.
Skills such as typing, making signs, banners, brochures, pamphlets, etc. as well as work-processing, using computer programs are needed. These are tasks which can be done as time permits as there are usually no deadlines which must be met. Making signs, banners, posters or displays is needed on an intermittent basis and does not require great artistic talent.