Where will I work?
Scottsdale PetSmart Off-Site Adoptions
Supervised by Adoptions Staff, Docent team leader, Volunteer Engagement
How do I become a PetSmart Cat & Dog Adoptions volunteer?
- Complete steps 1-4 of our online volunteer orientation by visiting www.azhumane.org/learning
- Complete online canine and feline animal handling and safety modules
- Train with staff or volunteer trainer at PetSmart adoption location
Is this the right fit for me?
- I love cats and dogs!
- I am a people person and enjoy meeting new people
- I don’t mind getting down and dirty to help provide clean kennels for adoptable pets
- I am outgoing and love the idea of helping pets find their fur-ever home!
- I don’t judge a book by its cover (potential adopters and pets alike)
What will I be doing?
- Provide exceptional customer service to potential adopters and shoppers by providing an "Excellent Experience Every Time"
- Help adopters find the right pet for their home and lifestyle, while adhering to our Open Adoptions Policy
- Help care for our pets: clean kennels, provide fresh bedding, feed and replenish water
- Help with dishes and laundry, kennel signage, restock supplies and toys
- Provide socialization for adoptable pets
- Serve as an ambassador for the organization and promote a positive image and reputation
- Any other duties that will help AHS and our pets in this area
Sounds fun, but what about the hard stuff?
- Physical Difficulty: may involve standing for long periods of time; bending and twisting at the waist and knees; lifting up to 50 lbs
- Emotional Difficulty: requires the ability to perform under stress and in a fast-paced environment; as needed
- Mental Difficulty: requires strong verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and strong listening skills. Must be able to tactfully and positively deal with challenging questions
- Environment: This position may involve exposure to urine, feces, blood, pet hair/dander, cleaning solutions, wet floors and strong odors, high noise levels, indoor/outdoor environments (including high summer temperatures).
What Should I Wear?
Please wear your AHS Volunteer shirt or AHS Docent shirt, long pants or jeans, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Gowns and gloves required for handling puppies and kittens under 6 months of age.
- People Skills
- Animal Care / Handling
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- One 4 hour shift per week for at least 6 months
- $25.00 onboarding charge to cover: volunteer gear including t-shirt, name badge, and other materials