The Animal Rescue League of NH is in desperate need of help caring for our small animals (mostly rabbits, with the occasional ferret and guinea pig)!
What the work entails:
This job is focused on cleaning the rabbit enclosures (removing and replacing sheets, sweeping etc), cleaning their litter boxes, and providing fresh food and water. This position requires a great deal of bending/kneeling, and requires the ability to lift 40 lbs. This position also requires quick reflexes, moderate to high literacy, and the ability to remember and execute detailed cleaning procedures.
What the work does not entail:
While this position works directly around the animals, this position does not include rabbit socializing. Small Animal Care volunteers should not be trying to pet or pick up the rabbits.
When the work takes place:
All Small Animal Care shifts start at 9:00 a.m., and typically last until about 11/ 11:30 a.m. (whenever all of the care is done).
While our volunteer schedules are flexible, we recommend volunteers commit to at least one regular day each week, for the best experience. This not only allows the volunteer to perfect their skills, but it also always you to bond better with the staff and other regular volunteers.
Why the work matters:
The League has A LOT of rabbits (at least 22 at the time this service description was written). Small Animal Care volunteers are absolutely critical for keeping these animals clean, comfortable, fed, happy, and adoptable. Some of them are coming from rough backgrounds, but with the help of some dedicated volunteers, we can show them how good life can be.
How to get started:
The first step in the process is to complete an online application (http://www.rescueleague.org/#!long-term/club ). Once this application is received, reviewed, and accepted (please allow 48-72 hours), you'll receive an invitation to attend an orientation. At this orientation, you will learn more about our policies and procedures, and make a $10 commitment donation. After the orientation, you will begin your training to care for the small animals. Once you pass your training, you are ready to start volunteering!
As it takes an investment from the League to get new animal care volunteers up and running, we do request that animal care volunteers intend on completing a minimum of 40 hours per year.
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- Ideally one 2-3 hour shift per week
- If 14 or 15, parent/legal guardian must volunteer with you