Marion County's Dog Services Volunteer Program
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Dog Services Volunteer Orientations have been suspended until further notice. Foster Program Orientations are on a special request basis.
Thank you for your interest in saving and enriching the lives of Marion County's homeless dogs.
Marion County Dog Services (MCDS) is always looking for volunteers who are committed, responsible, and truly care about saving and enriching the lives of homeless dogs. MCDS offers a range of volunteer opportunities, including administrative assistant, dog walker, kennel assistant, in-home fostering, and other support roles. For those wanting to help dogs, you can make a difference - either directly or indirectly.
MCDS volunteers are required to complete and submit an application; attend the volunteer orientation; and if working directly with the dogs, complete training to become a dog-walker. Applications are available either here or at the shelter.
We are not accepting court-ordered community service hours at this time.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to interact with our dogs; those 16-17 years old are required to provide a signed parental consent form (available through the Program Specialist). For children ages 12-17 years old wanting to volunteer as an organized group or with a parent, please contact the Program Specialist. For information about student projects please contact Janice Jenkins, the Program Specialist, either via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: 503-316-6690.
Orientations are held at the shelter the first Sunday of the month from 9am to 10am (unless otherwise noted on the website). Space is limited to only 15 people: an RSVP is required. To RSVP please contact Janice Jenkins, the Program Specialist, either via email at: email@example.com or by calling: 503-316-6690.
Which Support Role?
After completing your orientation you will meet with the Program Specialist to decide the best role for your interest and skillset. You will then meet with a shelter staff member to workout training, scheduling/hours. Please be aware, most volunteer roles require a minimum of 4-10 hours a month, for at least 6 months.
Promoting Behavioral Health
"New Dog" play groups are one of the most beneficial tools for developing good behavior; more effective than walking, play groups provide exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization, offering interaction with their fellow canine buddies.
*Roles may include: behavior assistant, in-home fostering dog walkers, play groups, Kennel buddies, dog transporters
Providing Medical Care/Rehabilitation
Sadly, many of the dogs at MCDS come to us with medical issues. We are able to successfully treat many of their health concerns, however, in addition to cash donations; their care often requires invaluable volunteer hours.
*Roles: in-home fostering, medical data entry specialist, internship
Learn more about the Foster Program
Maintaining the Shelter Environment
Medical protocols and vaccines can only go so far. Providing clean kennels, laundry, and dishes are vital to the prevention and spread of disease in a 'herd' health environment.
*Roles may include: kennel assistant, kitchen and laundry assistant, work crew leader
Supporting the Administration/Adoption Process
Let your organizational abilities shine through and join our administrative team. Administrative assistants help with computer tasks, office support, and filing. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you’re helping homeless animals find new homes as an adoption ambassador, or connect with the public during off-site or on-site outreach events.
*Roles may include: adoption ambassador, administrative assistant, outreach and education assistant
*Please check with the Program Specialist for the current list of open volunteer roles and descriptions.
Note: Submitting an application and attending orientation is just the fist step in placement. Completing these steps does not guarantee placement. Further screening and training may be required.
It doesn't matter how you give, it only matters that you do! Your gift helps Marion County Dog Services provide a safe haven for dogs, right here, in our community. With your support, every dog can have a bright and loving future!