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Volunteer Information

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you are 18 years of older and can spare at least eight hours per month we would love to have you join our team!

As a volunteer, you will be asked to fill out a volunteer application and attend a new volunteer orientation class and read the volunteer handbook. The handbook, along with the orientation/ training class will enhance your experience as you become a successful and valued member of our team. During your orientation class we will answer questions about becoming a volunteer and provide clarification about the information in the handbook.  

Ways to Volunteer

  • Visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. Incorporate the use of friendly animals and provide educational information.
  • Become a foster home for injured, too young for adoption, or other special needs pets. Responsibilities of foster homes: Food, shelter, socialization and any other basics. Helping to find appropriate homes for these special pets. Follow up after adoptions to make sure it was a good match. Make friends!
  • Adoption counseling - helping to match the perfect animal with the perfect family. Reviewing adoption applications, education adopters about all the aspects of their pet selection, responsibilities, breed characteristics, etc. Follow up on success of match.
  • Soliciting donations from local merchants, groomers, vets, food suppliers, trainers, and other concerned citizens. Could involve doing presentations to civic organizations, corporations, businesses and other resources.
  • Participating in fundraiser events: Dog walks, rummage sales, holiday parties, training sessions, etc.
  • Computer input - We now have a digital camera, useful for putting pet photos up on the Internet. This will increase adoptions and reuniting lost animals with their owners. This task requires computer skills, taking digital photos of animals at the shelter, implementing website information, etc.
  • Working with the animals directly. Socializing, walking, training, grooming, playing with them, etc.
  • Clerical work - Matching lost and found animals and follow-up after adoptions, filing, helping with general office duties.
  • Kennel help - Cleaning crates, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc.

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Goals of the Volunteer Program

  • To provide a formal framework of policies, procedures, and standards for the training of volunteers
  • To provide volunteer orientation and training to ensure that each person has adequate knowledge and standardized  skills to make positive experiences for our animals and volunteers alike.
  • To provide volunteers a means to support the County shelter and it's animals in the way they feel most comfortable, through direct services (exercising and socializing with dogs and cats) or indirect services (animal adoptions, fundraising, clerical or kennel work assignments).

Objectives and Expectations of Volunteers

  • To support MCAS and FMAS programs and services
  • To help with the care and socialization of animals and assist with placing them in appropriate homes
  • To develop skills and knowledge to assist with the humane and ethical treatment of animals
  • To abide by the policies and procedures of MCAS and to present a positive image of MCAS and FMAS to the public.

What volunteers can expect from MCAS and FMAS

  • To be treated fairly with consideration and respect and to be given appreciation and encouragement of your work.
  • To have the opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and suggestions openly and honestly with management.
  • To participate in orientations and on-the-job training to gain knowledge of MCAS policies, procedures, programs, services, and the care and welfare of animals. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the Madera County Animal Shelter, please call the Madera Shelter at (559) 675-7891 or Friends of Madera Animal Shelter at (559)363-5106 you can go to the shelter and fill out a volunteer application in person. 


           Madera County Animal Services:

14269 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559)675-7891
Fax: (559)675-7617


Friends of Madera Animal Shelter

P.o.Box 923
Madera, CA 93639
Phone: (559)363-5106



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