Humane Society of Delaware County

Regular volunteer opportunities at the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC) include administration, animal transport, cat care, dog care, fostering, shelter facility volunteer, special events and website photography.

To become a regular volunteer you must first learn about the fundamentals of caring for animals as well as the mission and philosophies of the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC). You can learn this by attending their People, Animals and Welfare for Success (PAWS) program. Attendance is required to become a regular volunteer. The program is designed for adults and youth ages 12 and older. PAWS consists of 6 hours of classroom and 5 hours of on-site training. You must apply to be a volunteer. The application process is competitive and space is limited.

The volunteer orientation program graduate will receive a training manual, volunteer t-shirt and ID badge. Incoming volunteers are asked to make a one-time investment of $15 to defray the cost of providing the PAWS program. The fee must be paid prior to starting the orientation training.

Junior volunteers are youth between 12 and 15 years old. An adult (over 21 years old) must also complete an application as well, attend the volunteer orientation training, and must accompany the junior volunteer at all times. This includes during all training sessions as well as volunteering with them.

Teen volunteers are youth between 16 and 17 years old and must have a parent or guardian fill out the waiver but do not have to be accompanied by a guardian to attend volunteer orientation or volunteer at the shelter.

All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a completed “Junior & Teen Volunteer Waiver of Liability and Release” form on file to participate in the PAWS program.

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