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Mostly Mutts could not exist without our wonderful volunteers! We have so many ways that you get involved and make a difference. We are always looking for new volunteers to join Team Mutts! We consider ourselves an extended family who all have one thing in common, our passion for the animals! As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity and assistance of caring, dedicated, and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs. Our mission of rescuing the many unwanted, abandoned, injured and abused animals would be impossible without the continued support of our volunteers and community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your interest in helping us care for our sweet mutts and kitties!
If you are seeking to fulfill community service hours for a pending or completed court case, please go to our Community Service (Court Ordered or Prior to Court) page. All other types of community service, please continue with the process below.
To Become a Shelter Volunteer:
- You must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- Complete an online application. Upon receipt, you will receive an email inviting you to attend an orientation. This covers information about what volunteering at our shelter entails and what you can expect. After completing the orientation, you will schedule an appointment to meet with our Volunteer Program Manager. We believe meeting in person and making a good match is important to a successful volunteer experience.
- Know that you are making a commitment and are counted on by your shift partners, as well as our sweet animals, to arrive on time and complete any assignments/shifts that you have signed up to work. We know life happens and vacations are needed! Please give advance notice, unless an emergency arises, and we will find someone to fill your spot until you return. Proactively reaching out to other volunteers for coverage is greatly encouraged, appreciated and helps us out so much!
- Have the ability to follow instructions and work independently or in a group
- Attend training sessions as required by Mostly Mutts
- Treat animals in our care with kindness and concern for their welfare always having their safety and best interest in mind
- Represent yourself and Mostly Mutts in a professional manner and treat potential adopters, visitors, staff, and other volunteers with respect
- Pay a $20 non-refundable onboarding fee per volunteer. This includes a Mostly Mutts T-Shirt and plastic Name Tag.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
I’m under 18, can I volunteer?
What can I do as a Mostly Mutts Volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is a listing of current opportunities, some may require experience or time in service before available.
Shelter Shifts (Dog and Cat Care):
Dog and Cat-loving shelter volunteers needed for walking, feeding, playtime, socialization, manners training, bathing & brushing, lots of hugging and belly-rubs, and essential chores such as kennel cleaning and laundry...no experience needed, we’ll train you!
Greeter duties in the reception area of the shelter, perfect for friendly folk who like interacting with the public.
Adoptions completed at the shelter put our mutts and kitties into new homes. We need volunteers willing to train as shelter Adoption Interviewers and Counselors...these volunteers work with applicants and complete adoption papers....and then watch happily as the dogs and cats go to their new homes
Clerical & Office Work:
Paperwork, data entry, etc., for detail-oriented folk and those who prefer “behind the scenes” work at the shelter.... and some of the projects may be worked on from home.
Maintenance and “Odd Jobs”:
We have a shelter “honey-do” list
If you like fixing and tinkering we can use your help and put your skills to work.
Cant’ foster at home, but could give a shelter dog a break once in a while? Ask us how!
Help us run the volunteer program! Responsibilities may include conducting volunteer orientation, supervising volunteer groups, updating the volunteer management system, and answering questions about volunteering.
“I couldn’t give one up” Don’t let that thought stop you from fostering, we PROMISE you CAN do it!
We have experienced foster families and friendly volunteers to help you, and fostering is so IMPORTANT in rescue. Talk to us...we can help you make that leap from “thinking about it” to “doing it”!
We have adult dogs and cats, seniors (everyone has a soft spot for the old ones), litters of young puppies and kittens, pregnant and nursing mommas, bottle-feeding babies, as well as dogs and cats that may be sick, injured or recovering from treatment.....we have big, small, mellow, active...and everything in between. We’re sure to have a mutt or kitty to fit your home and family
There is no cost involved with fostering, and we can supply just about everything you might need...except for TLC and a warm and loving home, that’s what you supply! Ask us for info on how to get started.
If you like driving, love animals, and want to help, this is for you. Often times, our shelter dogs need transport to or from the vet office, or between the shelter and our offsite adoption event....and sometimes our foster families need a helping hand getting Fido or Fluffy from place to place.
OFFSITE ADOPTION DAYS
A lot goes into each successful offsite adoption day....and we need your help to make that happen.
Dogs and cats ready to be adopted into forever homes go to adoption events each Saturday at the Kennesaw Petsmart, and some Sundays at our Midtown adoption location.
We need help with loading and unloading dogs and cats, driving to and from, setting up and breaking down equipment, walking dogs and caring for kitties, talking to the public, helping with applications and adoption paperwork (Interviewers and Counselors)...and much more.
We are active on social media.
If this interests you, we could use your help!
Many grants are available in rescue. We need grant writers in order to take advantage of these.
If you are a veterinarian, groomer or trainer, we’d love to utilize your expertise!
OUTREACH & EDUCATION
We encourage school visits, group visits to the shelter, involvement in the community and events to raise awareness of homeless pets and the importance of spay & neuter.
FUNDRAISING & SPONSORSHIP
Fundraising events are very important to us, and seeking out sponsors is key to our continued success. Can you help?
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?
If you are seeking to fulfill community service hours for a pending or completed court case, please go to our Community Service (Court Ordered or Prior to Court) Page.
I’m having problems with the volunteer application. How can I get help?
A common reason that an application fails to submit is if required fields are left blank. All items with a red asterisk must be completed.
After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don’t receive the email, that doesn’t necessarily mean your application wasn’t received. In most cases, if you don’t find the email in your regular inbox, it will be in your spam filter or junk mail folder because your email settings are not allowing email from Mostly Mutts
I completed the online application, now what?
After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with an invitation to our orientation classes. Please respond to the email to sign up for an upcoming class; you will receive a confirmation email with orientation details.
Why must I purchase a Mostly Mutts T-shirt and Name Tag?
We are very fortunate that a lot of people are interested in volunteering at Mostly Mutts. However, the actual number of volunteers who end up volunteering long-term is very small (approximately 10% after a year). This is typical for nonprofits, but it means that our volunteers spend a great deal of time and effort on training when they are needed in other areas. The purchase of a t-shirt and name tag means that consider yourself a member of the Mostly Mutts team and have made a small investment in that commitment. It’s also nice to get to know the names of fellow volunteers and to be easily spotted when we have visitors.
What times are shelter shifts and how long do they last?
Our shelter has 4 shifts that run daily 7 days per week. Shifts begin at 8am, 12:00/1pm, 5pm & 8:00pm and typically last two hours.
When and where are offsite adoption events?
• Every Saturday at the Kennesaw Petsmart (860 Cobb Place Blvd.)
• 2nd & 4th Sundays at the Ansley Mall Petsupermarket (1544 Piedmont Rd)
I want to take a dog for a Hike/Day Out/Sleepover
Can my group set up a service day?
- Name of Group or Organization
- Name of Contact Person
- E-mail Address
- Phone Number
- Date(s) and Time(s) Preferred
- How long you would like your service day to last
- Number of Participants
- Ages of Participants
- Does your company or group offer matching gifts or volunteer grants.