New Volunteers and Fosters
The first step to volunteering at Freedom Service Dogs is to attend a Volunteer Orientation to learn more about our organization and our volunteer program.
We have several orientations scheduled through the end of the year. You only need to attend one. If you are interested, please register for one of the sessions here: Volunteer Orientation Sign-Up
Volunteer Engagement Process:
- Attend one of the volunteer orientations at the link above. You’ll learn about our organization, training process, clients, and volunteer opportunities to find out if we are a good fit.
- Complete an on-line application and background check ($18 fee). Link will be provided after orientation.
- Volunteers interested in “Dog Care and Enrichment” and “Fostering” assignments will be required to attend a class for these assignments. To foster a dog, you must attend both classes but you do not need to take them on the same day. You will only need to attend one set of classes. Sign up for these classes will be open after you attend an orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Hours: We ask that volunteers work an average of 4 hours per month in some capacity. For on-site volunteering, shifts are flexible and are available during these times: Monday-Thursday from 9:00am to 8:00pm and Friday- Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Weekends: The primary focus of volunteer hours on the weekends is cleaning and other projects in the kennel. Since we strive to send most, if not all, of our dogs home on weekends to foster families, there may not be dogs to interact with on the weekends. Your efforts on the weekends are very much appreciated.
Dog Training: Volunteers typically do not train our dogs. You will learn basic commands and rules to follow while you play with and walk our dogs. As you become more involved, you will have more opportunities to learn about our training.
Other Opportunities for Volunteers: Once you have completed ten hours as a dog care and enrichment volunteer or one weekend as a foster, you will be eligible to take dog walking classes. The goal of these classes is to give volunteers the skills to consistently reinforce training while walking. As you complete classes to the satisfaction of our trainers, you will be able to take more dogs for walks on nearby trails.
Age Requirements: Kids between 12-15 years old can volunteer on-site with an adult. Both the child and the adult must go through the Dog Care and Enrichment Training. The adult must be the one to control the leash. The child can play with the dog in the play yard off-leash. Volunteers age 16 or older can volunteer on their own.
Background Check Policy: All volunteers age 18 or older are required to complete a background check. The check is run by an outside company and costs $18. Freedom Service Dogs reserves the right to deny any and all volunteer opportunities to an individual based on the results of their background check and/or admitted convictions. Under no circumstances do we accept volunteers who have felonies on their record, nor do we accept volunteers with violent crimes, crimes where the victim(s) belong to vulnerable populations (including children, animals, adults with mental or physical disabilities, and more), or crimes involving theft of any kind. Other convictions and charges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.