Volunteer Dog Room Attendants

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Meriden Humane Society

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Volunteer Dog Kennel Attendants Needed.

Position description: Dog Kennel Attendants help care and comfort the dogs in the kennels. Kennel attendants also provide customer service to the public and assist them by answering questions about the adoption process as well as about particular animals. They are also active in teaching the dogs basic obedience commands with the goal of making their stay at the shelter more stimulating. Training also helps the dogs make an easier transition into their new homes.

Volunteers must have excellent communication skills, able to work independently and must practice safe animal handling per MHS protocols. This position requires a tolerance for loud noise and strong smells. Volunteers interact with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners, as well as being able to lift up to 50 Lbs.

Duties vary depending on shift but could include: Maintaining a healthy environment for our animals. Cleaning inside cages as well as outside yards, socializing and comforting the dogs; teaching basic obedience commands; monitoring behavior on daily log; preparing and giving dog treats; scooping poop; assisting with laundry and dishes; safely walking, and preparing food and feeding dogs.

This is a high animal contact position.

Select volunteers who have been at MHS for six months have the opportunity to work with some of our more challenging dogs on training, behavior modification and stress reduction.

Shifts: Morning Open Shifts: Monday thru Friday 8:30- 11:30 am, and Saturday-Sunday 8-11am

Mid-afternoon Walking Shifts: Wednesday through Friday 12-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Late Afternoon Close Shifts Sunday-Saturday 2pm -5:30pm

Volunteers are scheduled for the same shift each week. Time commitment: A weekly shift for three hours for a minimum of three months.

Kennel Attendants are required to attend: A volunteer orientation. A two hour hands-on skills training, as well as Monthly Volunteer Meetings.

Fill out a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION HERE: https://us08.sheltermanager.com/service?account=ks1273&method=online_form_html&formid=1

For questions, please contact us through email at volunteer@meridenhumanesocietyrescue.com

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311 Murdock AveMeriden, CT 06450



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 1 day a week for 3 hrs
  • Attend monthly Canine Meetings on Weekend

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