Please see information below. Be sure to RSVP only if you able to attend.
Thanks for deciding to volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society! For 144 years OHS has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and working to build a caring, compassionate community here in Oregon. The pets at OHS rely entirely on your donations for food, shelter, and medical care. If your organization is able to make a donation to aid the animals, you can do so online. We appreciate your support!
Your organization’s group of 4-10 people (4 minimum/10 maximum) is scheduled to visit on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2013 from 1:00-3:00. This event will be taking place at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97211. I will meet your group promptly at the start time in the front lobby. Please ensure that every participant can participate for the duration of the visit and arrives on time. Late starts result in more limited animal time.
Soon after arrival at the shelter, every adult participant (18 or older) will be asked to sign a waiver release form. Forms will be completed on-site. If youth 12-17 years old are present, they must complete the “Youth Group Volunteer Waiver Form” ahead of time and bring it with them to the shelter. Click on the following link to download it: http://www.oregonhumane.org/volunteer/documents/Youth_Group_Waiver_2011.pdf Youth without health insurance or under 12 years of age cannot volunteer at the shelter. I am not expecting youth during your visit, so please let me know if teens plan to attend.
Your visit will consist of a 45 minute training/tour that includes information on the shelter and animal handling skills and a volunteer session that includes approximately 45 minutes of visiting time with the dogs in our outside yards (bring a coat if the weather is not good) and 30 minutes of visiting time in colony rooms with the cats. Your volunteer session will help us give the animals the attention they crave and help them develop the social skills they need to find new homes. Please inform me of participants with allergies prior to the scheduled visit. Due to the nature of the work, all volunteers must be able to squat, stand, bend, lift and twist for long periods of time.
What to Wear:
For the safety reasons, all participants must wear long pants and non-slip, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.) when volunteering at the shelter. Hanging jewelry is not allowed and facial piercing must be removed or covered with a band-aid. Those not dressed appropriately cannot participate. Also, we have very jumpy dogs that may soil your clothing. Please choose your attire accordingly.
OHS has limited parking and we ask that volunteers kindly park on 11th Ave. which is located on the west side of our facility and is adjacent to our property. This leaves more spaces available to potential adopters. Thanks for your help with this matter!
What NOT to Bring:
Please leave valuables at home or locked in the trunk of your car. This includes purses, MP3 players and cell phones. Unfortunately, we do not have a secure location to store valuables.