Volunteer

Overview

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with AARF. As an almost all-volunteer run organization, we depend on the caring members of the community to achieve the goal of saving animals. Your involvement is a key component to our continuing success. If you are interested in getting involved, simply submit a volunteer application. No matter how much time you have or what skills you possess, we’re positive we can find a spot for you on our team!

If you don’t hear from us within a week, persist. It just means a lot is going on. We would LOVE to meet you and get you started.   

 The volunteer application has a long list of the many and varied opportunities, but here are a few of the more urgent needs:

  • AARF house helpers/cleaners

  • Help with website management (updating calendar, event page updates)

  • Someone to design event flyers (formal training not necessary but should have design experience)

  • Cat and dog fostering

  • Cat adoption counselors

  • Helpers at AARF during vet checks (early evenings)

  • Assist with Saturday cat adoption fairs both at the AARF house and off-site locations


All skill levels are welcome. Check out the application below.  If you don’t see what you were thinking about, we love new ideas.

 
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“I have been volunteering with AARF since 2013. Holding, cuddling, kissing cats, dogs, kittens and puppies is incredibly gratifying and fun! On the human side, the family of volunteers that have come together with this common bond of caring and helping lost and sick animals is remarkable. You feel part of a greater cause. The icing on the cake is when you help someone find their new family member and you watch them connect. All that hard work turns to pure joy. My life is continuously enriched through volunteering at AARF.”

— C.M., volunteer

Volunteer FAQs

 

Is there a minimum age?

18 years old, or 16 with a parent authorization
 

Do I need any experience to be a volunteer?

No, AARF is always looking for volunteers with any level of experience as long as they love animals! Some opportunities will require training. However, there are some volunteer opportunities that don’t even involve contact with the animals. Maybe you are allergic, but you want to help! We will make it work! (see list in the application).
 

Can I decide how I want to help?

On the volunteer application, you can specify things that you might be interested in doing. We try to match your interests and skills to our currents needs.
 

Is there a training or orientation?

Yes, many volunteer opportunities require some training.  Depending on what you will be doing, there maybe a group training session. Some tasks require very specific knowledge of what to do, but many don’t. Before beginning any volunteer service you will receive full instruction and someone is always available to help.  

What happens if I get bitten or hurt while doing my volunteer work?

You immediately report the injury to your supervisor.
 

Ways to contact AARF to Volunteer

  • Call us (336) 768-PETS (7387). Someone will get back to you.

 
 
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311 Harvey Street | Winston-Salem, NC 27103 | (336) 768-PETS

AARF Volunteer Application and Agreement

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for AARF. As an almost all-volunteer run organization, we depend on the caring members of the community to achieve the goal of saving animals. Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience:

  • Spend time with adoptable cats — fun for you and beneficial for them

  • Help homeless dogs and cats find their forever homes and families

  • Meet other people who share your passion for animals

  • Make a difference

  • We offer training, flexibility, and a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and skills

If you are interested in getting involved, simply submit a volunteer application. No matter how much time you have or what skills you possess, we’re positive we can find a spot for you on our team!  

Volunteers must read and sign this volunteer agreement prior to working with AARF.

Liability

As a non-profit organization that handles many animals, AARF does not always have a medical or behavioral history for animals with which volunteers may work. While some training may be provided, a certain amount of risk is always involved with unpredictable animals. AARF strongly recommends that all volunteers have current tetanus vaccinations and that those who have suppressed immune systems consult with a physician prior to volunteering. 

Code of Conduct

The reputation and growth of AARF depends on ethical excellence. Every volunteer of AARF is a representative of the organization. As a volunteer, I am expected to:

  • Treat all animals, people (volunteers, staff, and the public), and property I come in contact with at AARF with respect and courtesy.

  • I will demonstrate honesty and goodwill as long as I am a volunteer with AARF. If a situation arises that can not be dealt with in a professional manner, I will seek out the advise of my supervisor or the director of AARF.

  • I understand that it is the policy of AARF not to disclose information about animals’ former owners to potential adopters. Any discussions regarding potential adopters must be confined to an area not accessible to the general public.

  • If I am no longer volunteering with AARF, I will promptly return all supplies, equipment, animals, monies, or other items in the condition that I received them or reimburse/replace as deemed appropriate. 


Please fill out the following application:

Name *
Name
Address
Address
Phone *
Phone
Days Available *
Please select one or more options
Hours Available
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Check all areas of interest in volunteering with AARF *
Please select one or more options. Please note, you will receive training as required.
Experience with dogs and cats? *
Digital Signature *
Digital Signature
Parent consent for junior volunteer (ages 16 – 17)
Parent consent for junior volunteer (ages 16 – 17)
Date *
Date
I have accurately and truthfully completed the volunteer application and agreement. *

*Required field