205-942-1211 | 300 Snow Drive Birmingham, AL 35209

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Volunteer Requirements

GBHS makes a very serious commitment to our volunteers, and to the health and safety of our pets. In turn, we ask for the same from all of our volunteers. Please review each of the requirements carefully before applying to volunteer with GBHS.

GBHS Volunteers must….

  • Be at least 16 years of age. If you are younger than 16, there are other ways to get involved – see the Youth Opportunities section of the Volunteer Department page for more details
  • Understand and accept GBHS philosophies regarding open admissions and humane euthanasia.
  • Communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles.
  • Understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.
  • Read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules
  • Be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.; be able to reach and lift; possess vision abilities including close vision, distance vision and depth perception; be able to talk to customers, employees and other volunteers; be able to handle leashed animals of varying sizes.
  • GBHS volunteers are required to pay $25 joining dues to cover the cost of training and supplies, as well as to pay for their volunteer T-shirt. Scholarships are available to volunteers needing assistance.
  • With a positive attitude, emotionally manage a workplace that can be stressful
  • Meet our guidelines for responsible pet ownership for all pets in their care, including but not limited to:
    • All pets must be altered
    • All pets must be indoor pets, with outdoor access for dogs (via regular walks, doggy door, supervised outside time, etc)
    • All pets must have access to clean water, food, and shelter.
    • Pets must be up to date on vaccines and receive regular veterinary care

 

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