The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Animal Caretaker:Be a part of the largest group of volunteers at the center - taking care of the animals! Animal care volunteers can expect to:
Clean, sanitize, and scrub enclosures and cages
Prepare special diets including fruits and vegetables, meat, quail, mice, and fish
General chores like mopping, sweeping, dusting, wiping down
Assist with physical exams, giving medications, and general medical care
Answer phones from public calls about various situations including emergencies
Rescue and release native wildlife
Animal care volunteers must attend a 4 hour orientation, scheduled once per month or as needed on a Saturday, before beginning a shift. Animal care volunteers are required to make a six (6) month commitment of one shift per week. The shift times are as follows:
Summer AM shift: 8:00am to 1:30pm | Winter AM shift: 9:00am to 1:30pm
Summer PM shift: 1:30pm to 7:00pm | Winter PM shift: 1:30pm to 6:00pm
This is a very hands-off position. Our patients are wild and the less human exposure they have, the better they can heal. However, some avian handling training will be provided to dedicated volunteers. Workshops are offered regularly to help volunteers learn or brush-up on skills. Mammals can only be handled with a pre-exposure rabies vaccine but is not required to be a volunteer. An up-to-date (within 10 years) tetanus vaccine is required for all volunteers.