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Dog Walker (Yellow/Intermediate)
Yellow-level Dog Walking is our intermediate dog walking volunteer position here at Animal Care League (ACL). Our Yellow-level Dog Walkers are expected to provide outdoor exercise and playtime for our adoptable shelter dogs.
These volunteers will continue to learn and practice several ways of providing essential enrichment through taking our pups on nice, long walks; going on day trip adventures together; you can even host a slumber party to give a dog a break from the shelter. Yellow Dog Walking is one of the most impactful ways to help animals in need!
Main shelter: 1011 Garfield, Oak Park, IL. 60304
Off-site events: locations vary (postponed due to COVID)
Monday-Sunday: 9-11 am, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm, & 5-7 pm
Initial Qualifications and Requirements:
Must have prior dog walking experience within a shelter setting
Must be confident in physically handling shelter dogs of many sizes and strengths
Able to bend, squat, and stand/walk for extended periods
Have a thorough understanding of shelter dog behavior
Possess the ability to think on one’s feet
Must be respectful toward dogs and people, and have a calm demeanor
Pass an initial Dog Walking Assessment with an ACL Dog Walking Mentor
Participate in 5 training sessions within 1 month of passing an initial Dog Walking Assessment
Pass final Yellow Dog Walking written and physical dog handling evaluations after completing all initial training
Roles and Responsibilities:
Provide outdoor exercise, enrichment, and play for Yellow-level ACL shelter dogs
Schedule all volunteer shifts prior to arrival
Adhere to COVID-19 shelter policies and procedures
Commit to at least 3 two-hour volunteer shifts per month
Provide at least 1 Yellow-level dog advocacy task per month: day trips, slumber parties, car rides, adoption events, etc.
Handle Yellow-level ACL shelter dogs during at least 2 off-site adoption events per year (post-COVID)
Adhere to the general policies and procedures of shelter dog spaces and walking routes
Attend A Sound Beginning’s (ASBs) online Intro to Training
Attend ACLs online Dog 101 training
Attend ACLs online Event Orientation
Attend ACLs online New Volunteer Orientation
Take 1 ACL Yellow-level shelter dog through ASBs Orange Dog Training course per year
Bond with ACL pets who are in need of your companionship, love, and care
Meet new people and make new friends
Encourage our community to get involved in our mission and advocate for ACL pets
Tap into local animal welfare resources and gain industry knowledge and experience
Help ACL build organizational capacity so we can save more lives
Receive a free ACL Volunteer t-shirt, name tag, and other SWAG
10% off all ACL merchandise and in our 2nd Chance Thrift Shop
After 10 hours of service, gain an additional 15% off on all ACL merchandise and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop items
1 free annual adoption (after 30 hours of service)
Eligible to lead projects, teams, or become a volunteer Mentor (after 50 hours of service)
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09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
Animal Care League is committed to providing shelter, medical care, and comfort to animals in need; reducing animal overpopulation; and acting as a community resource, thus promoting the human/animal bond.
The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter located in Oak Park. We help homeless cats, dogs and other small animals by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until we can find them a loving home. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we depend on the generosity of our communities to help us meet our goals of finding new homes for as many animals as possible each year. If you are in interested in helping, please visit our "Supporting the ACL" page on our website, animalcareleague.org.
If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view our animals that are up for adoption by clicking on the respective pictures. Please feel free to give us a call to make further inquiries about our animals at 708-848-8155.
We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 4 shifts