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The Animals Need You!

Become A Volunteer For
Happy Home Animal Sanctuary

If you’re an animal lover and want to bring some happiness to homeless animals, then come and join us for an experience surrounded by love.

We’re seeking animal lovers who are kind, responsible, friendly, and dedicated to helping some great dogs & cats find loving homes.

Our volunteers fall into two major groups (Regular Volunteers & Foster Home Volunteers) and we are always in need of extra helping hands, so please keep reading and find out more about becoming a volunteer.

Regular Volunteers

Happy Home Animal Sanctuary is run entirely by volunteers so community participation is essential to our success. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Adoption Center Clean & Care – Volunteers are needed one day a week or one day every other week to care for cats and kittens staying at the PetSmart® adoption center. These volunteers clean cages, change bedding, refresh water and food, scoop litter boxes, sweep and mop the floor, wash dishes, brush, pet and play with the cats and kittens. Volunteers are also needed to set up cages in PetSmart® on Friday evening in preparation for weekend adoption hours.
  • Adoption Helper – During adoption hours (Saturday and Sunday 11-4), volunteers assist adoption counselors and foster parents with greeting the public, answering questions, and various other tasks.
  • Transport Animals to and from Local Veterinarians – Our animals require an occasional visit to the vet. Volunteers will need to be “on call” to transport the animals for an emergency or routine veterinary visit with one of our partner veterinary hospitals.
  • Fundraising Events – Organize or help with an event in the community to raise funds for Happy Home Animal Sanctuary.

If this sounds like something you would like to help with, please click the Become A Regular Volunteer button below and complete the online application.

Regular Volunteer

Foster Home Volunteers

Because of the large number of homeless animals in our area, the Sanctuary just isn’t big enough to accommodate them all. That is why we rely on our Foster Home Volunteers. Here  are some common questions that should help you decide if you are a good candidate for a Foster Home Volunteer:

  • What Do Pet Foster Parents Do?
    • Pet foster parents care for a homeless pet as if he was their own until he is adopted. The pet is able to get individualized care and gain socialization skills, which makes them a well-adjusted pet. The foster parent is able to learn about the pet’s personality, likes, and dislikes so that he can be better matched to the right forever home. You will then get to experience the joy of helping a homeless animal find a loving family of his own.
    • You provide shelter, food, transportation to and from vet appointments, training, and plenty of love! You and your foster pet are encouraged to join us at adoption events (space permitting).
    • All veterinary care is paid for by Happy Home Animal Sanctuary; however, any trip to the vet must first be approved by Happy Home Animal Sanctuary management.
  • How Long Will I Keep The Pet?
    • It’s impossible to predict how long an animal will remain in foster care. Some pets are adopted within 24 hours of becoming available. Others wait years for a home. Happy Home Animal Sanctuary does not have a time limit for the animals we take in. They stay with us for as long as it takes.
    • If you cannot commit to this kind of unpredictable long-term care, you might wish to help in other ways. We expect our adopters to never give up on their pets, so we expect the same from our foster parents.
  • What If I Get Attached?
    • Getting attached to your foster pet is normal. After all, we do this because we love pets! The most common question we as foster parents are asked is how we can give them up. The answer is simple. We save lives.
    • It is hard to say goodbye to a pet we’ve fallen in love with, but the alternative is even sadder. We get the satisfaction of helping a previously lost and unwanted animal find a loving forever home. That makes it all worth it.
    • If you do decide that you can’t give up an animal, that’s okay too. Foster parents can go through the adoption process and pay the adoption fee just like any other adopter. The important thing is to think about what is in the animal’s best interest? Sometimes, even if we love them, the best thing for the pet is to let them go.

If this is something you feel you and your family can commit to, please click on the Become A Foster Home Volunteer button below and complete the online application.

Foster Home Volunteer