Are you looking for a way to use your time and talents to help animals live a better life?

Do you want to become part of a vibrant organization that is committed to doing the right things for animals, regardless of the cost or challenge? If so, then you are our type of person.

Here are just a few of our volunteer opportunities:

• Caring for animals at our Ashford Sanctuary

• Caseworker/Adoption Counselor on our Animal Helpline

• Caseworker for Feral Cats, to help guide their caregivers through the TNR process

• Supporting our TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) Program by hosting food drives and building shelters

• Providing Administrative help at our Valerie Friedman Program Center

• Become a Canine College volunteer and help train dogs in need

• Representing Our Companions as an Ambassador at public events

Volunteer Requirements:

All new volunteers must complete and submit the volunteer application at the bottom of this page before attending the New Volunteer Orientation.

• We enjoy having the opportunity to involve young people aged 15 and older in our programs. Volunteers between the ages of 15-17 must have a parent or guardian actively volunteering along with them and can volunteer during designated shifts. Our full policy on youth volunteers is outlined here.

• All volunteers must meet the cognitive and physical requirements to safely perform their tasks, work independently, follow verbal and written instructions, and effectively communicate with staff, other volunteers, and the public.

• All new volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation before becoming involved in any program.

• All volunteers must hold personal medical insurance and those who may be transporting animals will be required to show proof of auto insurance, so please bring your insurance information to the New Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteer Orientations:
Our Companions offers New Volunteer Orientations once a month in our Manchester Program Center. During the one-hour orientation, you will learn more about Our Companions (our mission, philosophy and programs), how you can get involved in various volunteer programs, and the types of training that are required for different positions.

Dates for the 2015 New Volunteer Orientations:

Saturday, August 22nd, 10 am
Thursday, September 24th, 6 pm
Wednesday, October 14th, 6 pm
Saturday, November 7th, 10 am
Saturday, December 5th, 10 am

All volunteer orientations are held at the Valerie Friedman Program Center, 34C Sanrico Drive, in Manchester.
Any questions: Click here for our Contact Page.

Just for Kids

We enjoy having the opportunity to involve young people aged 15 and older in our programs. Volunteers between the ages of 15-17 must have a parent or guardian actively volunteering along with them and can volunteer during designated shifts. Our full policy on youth volunteers is outlined here.

Young people under the age of 15 unfortunately will not be able to volunteer, but are encouraged to participate in supportive activities as outlined in our Volunteer Activities for Young People document. You will find different ways in which you can get involved. Each step-by-step activity is designed for young adults or groups of young adults. Whether it is raising money for our organization’s programs or collecting food for feral cats, your efforts will go directly towards saving the lives of precious animals.

 

  • Our Companions Animal Rescue
    Volunteer Application

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  • Failure to disclose limitations prior to acceptance to the volunteer program may result in dismissal.

  • References--Please provide name and phone number of two references who are not relatives.

  • We like to recognize our volunteers' contributions on their birthdays. Please provide your birth date:

  • Volunteer Experience

  • Education

  • In signing this application, I understand and agree to the following:
    • I agree to attend all required training classes and to abide by the Volunteer Policies and Procedures as presented to me by Our Companions Animal Rescue.
    • I give Our Companions permission to use photographs or video footage of my volunteer activities should it benefit the volunteer program or the organization.
    • I understand that, as a volunteer, I may gain access to information about the organization, customers, or staff that is confidential. I agree to respect and maintain the confidentiality of all donors, customers, volunteers, staff, and other individuals working with Our Companions both on and offsite, during and out side of volunteer hours.
    • I am at least eighteen (18) years of age and legally competent to execute this Volunteer Service Agreement and Release; or in the event that the volunteer is under the age of eighteen (18), that I am his/her parent or legal guardian and I am legally competent to execute this Volunteer Service Agreement and Release. I understand that Our Companions does not provide insurance or worker’s compensation coverage for me or my child.

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  • If you are Volunteering with a minor, please complete this section

    I am volunteering with child under the age of 18 and have read and understand Our Companions policy on Minor Volunteers.

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