Dog walkers not only provide exercise, but teach dogs how to walk on a leash and trust new people with the goal of making their stay at the shelter more stimulating. Working with volunteers also helps the dogs make an easier transition into their new homes.
This position requires a tolerance for loud noise, and morning dog walkers are exposed to various cleaning agents. Volunteers in this position must be able to deal with adverse weather conditions, (we walk the dogs rain or shine), and be in good-to-moderate physical condition because of the high level of physical activity involved. Volunteers must also be committed to using the handling and training protocols outlined by HSSWMO's policy, be receptive to feedback and have a willingness to learn. Volunteers interact with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners.
Duties include: walking, socializing and comforting the dogs; using learned HSSWMO's training practices; monitoring behavior and medical needs; preparing and giving dog treats; assisting the public when they have questions; assisting with laundry and dishes; and scooping poop.
The mission of the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is to aid in the alleviation of distress and suffering of animals by operating a shelter for animals in need of care, placing animals in suitable homes, and offering educational programs that promote animal welfare.
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. As one of the largest No Kill shelters in Southwest Missouri, the Humane Society welcomes all cats and dogs through its doors, and commits all available resources to not only help them find their forever home, but heal the wounds both visible and unseen. Funding for the organization comes from private donations. We do not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society of Missouri, SPCA, or any government agencies.