UPDATE 5/21/20: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are currently not accepting new volunteer applications until further notice. During this time we will be updating the volunteer protocols to coincide with new safety standards to keep all staff, volunteers, adopters, and pets safe. Our volunteers are invaluable to our mission to save homeless pets, and we will be opening up applications again in the coming months. Please continue to check this page for updates. Thank you for considering the volunteer program at Northeast Animal Shelter!
Join our volunteer team at Northeast Animal Shelter!
Caring for all the animals at NEAS is very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work. You must be 18 or over to volunteer at NEAS. (Please see our Ways You Can Help if under 18 list). To help you decide if one of our volunteer programs is right for you, please review our Volunteer Information Packet. When you are ready to volunteer, you can apply online.
Are you an early bird? The morning shift starts at 7 am and it is the busiest time of day at NEAS. There is much work to be done walking dogs, and cleaning dog kennels and cat cages.
Our evening shifts start at 5pm and is crucial in helping animal care staff to make sure everyone gets their dinner and gets ready for bedtime.
When you choose to volunteer at NEAS, you are helping to save thousands of dogs and cats every year. Your time and dedication will be rewarded with purring and wagging tails!
Please fill out our online application, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you don't hear from us, check your spam folder or follow up with an email or phone call to our Volunteer Manager (978) 745-9888 X305. We would love to have you on our team.
If you are under 18 years old, download our Ways You Can Help flyer.
Here are some areas where volunteers provide help:
- Walking dogs/socializing cats
- Greeting our guests
- Answering phones
- Assisting our adoption counselors
- Monitoring our animal rooms
- Training and socializing dogs
- Assisting animal care staff with cleaning cages/handling animals/grooming
- Feeding Time 7a, 12p, 4p
- Assisting clinic staff with medical records and caring for our pets
- Assisting administrative staff with filing or stocking shelves
- Overall support with laundry/cleaning
- Special events such as Shelter info tables at adoption promotions
- Foster care for special needs animals
- Transporting animals from the airport or veterinarian
- General cleaning tasks around the shelter
- Videographer: 3 - 10 hrs/wk taking short videos of pets for the website
How do I become a volunteer?
A: The first step is to complete a Volunteer Application and submit it to the Volunteer Coordinator. Applications are processed in the order they are received, so if you do not hear from us right away, please be patient. We will contact you as soon as possible. If we are accepting new volunteers and your application matches available positions, you will be invited to attend an orientation and initial training session to learn what it is like to be part of our team, followed by a brief interview. When you are an accepted applicant, you will then begin your 5 shifts of shadow training to learn all about your position.
What do volunteers do at Northeast Animal Shelter?
A: Most of our volunteers work in the Kennel or as a Greeter or Receptionist. Other volunteers may assist Adoption Counselors, work as a Humane Educator, participate in Senior Visits, be Ambassadors for Community Outreach, and Foster Caregivers (separate application). Please see the Volunteer Job Descriptions in our Volunteer Information Packet for further details on each program's responsibilities.
How much of a commitment will I be required to make?
A: Most Volunteers are asked to commit to 4-6 months of service, depending on their program. Shifts are typically 4 hours long and are available every day of the week. Some programs offer more flexibility than others, while some are only available at certain times throughout the week. Please read the Volunteer Job Descriptions in our Volunteer Information Packet for each program's specific requirements.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
A: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at our shelter. Younger folks are encouraged to get involved in donation drives or community outreach as Shelter Ambassadors; please have your parent or guardian call the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
I have a community service project due; can I fulfill my requirement at NEAS?
A: Most community service projects are too short-termed to be fulfilled at our shelter (for example, Kennel Volunteers must be able to make a minimum six-month commitment), but outside projects, like organizing donation drives for items on our wish list, are often a perfect fit for projects that only require a few hours. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help determine if one of these projects is right for your needs.
Can I come in just to play with the puppies and kittens?
A: Taking care of all our pets is a LOT of work, and socializing them is one small part of a much bigger job. We need to provide for their physical well-being first, and that means cleaning up after them and making sure all our dogs have been walked before we have time to play with any of the pets. We hope that volunteers will be able to spend some of their time socializing during each shift, but due to the large number of pets we are often responsible for, that is not always the case.
My schedule is unpredictable and I can't guarantee availability. Can I still volunteer?
A: A volunteer's options will be limited by their availability. Some positions (such as Kennel and Reception volunteers) require a structured commitment, whereas others (like Special Projects) are much more flexible. Whatever your availability might be, there is a volunteer program to fit your schedule and interests; please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your options.