We Need Your Help!

The volunteer team at the Licking County Humane Society is a critical part of the success and operation of the shelter. LCHS volunteers contribute in numerous and various ways to the Licking County Humane Society programs, services, and shelter operations. In order for LCHS to touch the lives of over 5,000 and 10,000 people each year, we need generous folks like you to volunteer your time to further our mission. Excited to start making a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs? Stop by the shelter and complete your volunteer application today! For more information, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Laurinda Johnson, at volunteer@lchspets.org

Requirements

In order to become an LCHS volunteer you must:

  • Complete and sign a volunteer application and liability waiver at LCHS. A public record check will be performed by LCHS to ensure there is no history of violence toward animals or people.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.
  • Any child under the age of 16 needs to be supervised by an adult.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to walk and directly interact with dogs.

Opportunities

There are many ways you can get involved at LCHS.

You Can Work WITH the Animals:

Direct Animal Care: Daily Feeding and Morning Cleaning – providing excellent care for animals as they wait for their forever homes.

Dog Walking:  Exercising our dogs up to three times a day and spending one-on-one time with them to work towards training goals.

Pet Transport: Picking up dogs or cats from other rescuers and transporting them back to LCHS.

Foster Parent:  Fostering newborn litters of puppies, kittens, or special needs animals, in their own homes for an agreed upon time period. As a foster parent, you open your home to these animals that need time to grow, need a little extra attention or as a companion animal for those recovering from an illness or injury.

Pet Respite Foster Care: Fostering dogs for 30-60 days when their owners are going through a temporary medical crisis.

Community Outreach Events:  Accompanying and transporting animals to events/outings to increase their visibility in the community. Examples include parades, festivals, fundraisers, nursing home/pet therapy visits, and more.

Low-Cost Clinics: Volunteering at LCHS low-cost vaccine clinics and spay/neuter clinics to provide excellent customer service to owners who are utilizing our low-cost medical services and to monitor and clean up after animals in the clinic environment.

Adopters Welcome: Working with LCHS adopters to help match them with their perfect pet by processing Matching Questionnaires.

Petco & PetSmart Catvocate Program: Providing clean food, water, bedding, and toys the cats awaiting adoption at our Adoption Partner locations. Provide socialization and companionship to cats at Petco and PetSmart. Transporting cats to our partner locations.

Or You Can Work FOR the Animals:

Front Desk Support: Assisting LCHS staff by managing the busy front desk.

Adoption Follow-up: Calling LCHS adopters to ask if they have any problems, questions, and concerns about their pets and/or adoption process.

Donor Thank You Calls & Emails: Calling or emailing donors and thanking them for their recent donation to LCHS.

Sponsorship Card Creation: Constructing 4″ x 5″, pet-themed cards using scrapbooking supplies. (Volunteer provides scrapbooking supplies for this project)

General Volunteering: Dishes, laundry, restocking, and special tasks as assigned.

Meals on Wheels Pet Food Pantry: Picking up donations of pet food from approved donation locations around Licking County. Delivering donations to the Licking County Aging Program on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Donation Transport: Picking up donations of pet food from Wal-Mart, Target, Petco, PetSmart, etc. and transporting donations back to LCHS.

Technical, Professional, Skilled Trades:  e.g. clerical work, photographers, house painters, gardeners/landscapers, electricians, plumbers, and other special talents.  Your handy skills are always needed, and appreciated, at LCHS. There is always something that needs to be done, whether it’s planting flowers, mulching, or other miscellaneous tasks.

Committees: LCHS has several committees under the Board of Directors.  If you are interested in committee work, please contact the Executive Director, Lori Carlson, at 740-323-2100 ext. 204 or loricarlson@lchspets.org.

FAQ

I want to volunteer, where do I start?

In order to become a volunteer at the Licking County Humane Society, please stop by our shelter to fill out a volunteer application. Once you submit an application, the Volunteer Coordinator will email you with the next steps.

Do I need to commit to a certain schedule every week?

While committing to a regular weekly volunteer shift is very helpful to LCHS staff and pets, it is not required. It is recommended that volunteers come in at least twice a month to help. Volunteers self-schedule for all volunteer opportunities online on a website called Volgistics. That way, volunteers can choose what opportunities best fit their schedule.

Do I need a background check or reference check?

LCHS completes a public records check as part of the volunteer application process. You will be asked to provide your photo ID so this check may be performed.

Will I receive an Orientation?

Volunteers must complete a New Volunteer Orientation before they begin volunteering.

The orientation is offered two Sundays a month from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm.

Once you are an approved volunteer, you can access the volunteer website Volgistics to sign up for an orientation.

During the Orientation Volunteers will…

  • Learn about LCHS’s organizational history and operations
  • Learn about the numerous volunteer opportunities that are available
  • Sign important documentation and acquire the LCHS Volunteer Handbook
  • Complete dog walking training
  • Tour the shelter

*If you are an approved volunteer and you have not completed the New Volunteer Orientation, please follow this link and sign-up in Volgistics:

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?from=287947.

Do not attend orientation without first signing up on Volgistics.

Will I receive Training?

After you complete the Orientation, you are free to sign up for a variety of volunteer opportunities. Your first shift of a new volunteer opportunity is when you will receive hands-on training from staff and/or the Volunteer Coordinator. Print training materials and standard operating procedures will be provided to you upon request.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

While children under 12 years of age are welcome to visit the shelter, we ask that parents do not bring children under 12 years old for their volunteer shifts. Volunteers who are 12-15 years-old, must be supervised by an adult (parent or legal guardian).

Volunteers who are 16 and 17-years-old, may volunteer without adult supervision, if their volunteer application is signed by their legal guardian.

All volunteers under the age of 18 are not permitted to directly interact with or handle LCHS dogs.

What kinds of activities can I volunteer to help with?

LCHS relies on volunteers 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and there are many different volunteer opportunities available:

  • Direct Animal Care: Cleaning (Canine Center and Cat Rooms), Daily Feeding, and Dog Walking.
  • Administrative: Low-Cost clinics (Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinics), Front Desk Support, and more.
  • Community Events: Represent LCHS at local businesses, schools, and Senior Living Communities.
  • Foster Care: foster LCHS pets and Pet Respite pets.

My company or organization would like to volunteer as a group, how can we get started?

Volunteer groups are welcome to volunteer at LCHS! To get started, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at laurinda@lchspets.org.

I didn't see my question in the list, what do I do?

Contact the LCHS Volunteer Coordinator, Laurinda Johnson, at laurinda@lchspets.org.

2018 By The Numbers

2017

Adoptions in 2018

2667

Spay/neuter in 2018

11678

Volunteer hours in 2018

LIVE RELEASE RATE

96%
A typical rule of thumb is to determine whether a shelter saves more than 90% of its animals. That is its Live Release Rate. The Live Release Rate takes all the live animals that were admitted to the shelter in one year and divides it by total animals that are adopted into loving homes. Today, many leaders are raising the bar and stating that the real No Kill Live Release Rate should be 95%.

Licking County Humane Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the humane treatment of animals.