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Canine Sanctuary Volunteer Purpose: To provide activity and socialization to the sanctuary dogs through walking, interactive play, training, and cuddling. These important interactions allow our dogs to gain enrichment, behavioral skills, and comfort while at the sanctuary awaiting their new homes. Qualifications: All volunteers must meet the cognitive and physical requirements to safely perform their tasks, work completely independently, follow verbal and written instructions, and effectively communicate with staff, other volunteers, and the public. Physical requirements: Ability to tolerate dog fur, dander, scratches, bites Ability to be exposed to possible zoonotic diseases Ability to walk up to two miles Ability to hold on to a leashed dog of minimum 40 pounds Ability to work with dogs outdoors in various weather conditions Training requirements: Must be able to read and fully understand instructions and follow directions at all times Must be able to understand and work with various types of dogs including dogs with illness and/or little to know training Ability to follow and respect safety protocols Ability to communicate with volunteer manager via email/phone when necessary Must have access to email Duties and responsibilities: Exercise and socialization with the dogs which includes interactive play, walking, training, and indoor interaction Assist staff in light housekeeping duties Keep record of dog activities and any unusual medical or behavioral incidents via our Daily Report Sheet Location of the job: Ashford Sanctuary Time commitment: Requires at least one visit per month; weekly visits preferred