VOLUNTEER / COMMUNITY SERVICE

VOLUNTEER OF THE SEASON
 

At the end of each season, the MVAS staff votes to recognize one special volunteer who went above and beyond for the past three months!  We cannot succeed without the amazing help of volunteers, and we encourage everyone to acknowledge the role they play in saving animals by thanking them for their commitment, passion and service!

Volunteer of the Season:  Patty Sternjacob

Patty started volunteering with MVAS in January 2018.  She has been a consistent and devoted help in the months since.  Patty and her husband even picked up our sheet metal order from Kalispell and delivered it to our shelter.

Patty's heart goes out to all neglected animals.  She has a 9 year old rescue and recently adopted a yellow lab (now named Kai) from our shelter.

Thank you Patty!

WHY VOLUNTEER?
 

With a staff-hours equivalent of six full-time employees, the Mission Valley Animal Shelter must rely heavily on support from a cadre of generous volunteers to carry out its life-saving mission.

 

Volunteering at the animal shelter has many perks:
 

The fulfillment that derives from helping save and care for the animals
 

The joy and love that the animals share with you
 

The relationships formed with our animal-loving staff and volunteers
 

The opportunity to learn about animal care, training, behavior and ownership 

And much more!

 


WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
 

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Almost anyone can volunteer at our shelter!  So long as you are willing to help and sign a couple of waivers, we will welcome you with open arms!
 

KIDS
 

Children are welcome, although those 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Minors who are
16-17 are not generally allowed to walk dogs, but may otherwise volunteer.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE
 

We are happy to accommodate those needing to complete community service hours.  The only restriction is that we cannot accept those with a violent offense.  We will work closely with your supervisors to address formal requirements.
 

HOW DO I GET PLUGGED IN?
 

We ask those interested in helping to fill out a volunteer application and sign two waivers.  This can be done at the front counter.  You can also print the forms below and bring them completed with you on your first day.
 

Volunteer Application
Release of liability - Adult

Release of liability - Minor
Confidentiality Waiver

We ask volunteers to contact our volunteer coordinator, Leslie Camel Stewart at (406) 883-5312 or e-mail office@missionvalleyanimalshelter.org in order to schedule volunteer hours.  

HOW CAN I HELP?
 

There are many diverse ways of being involved!  You can get your hands dirty, you can get your OCD fix in the office or you can simply get your puppy or kitten fix by playing with some animals or taking a dog for a walk.  You can rest assured that whatever skills or support you bring, your help will be very appreciated by both animals and staff! 

 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE FUN AND HELPFUL WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
 

Off-site service/rescue on Advisory Councils on Community Canines (ask our Executive Director for more information)
 

Fostering animals (see separate Foster tab for more information)

 

Walking dogs

Washing dishes
 

Socializing kittens
 

Brushing cats and dogs
 

Sweeping and mopping
 

Scooping poop
 

Organizing office paperwork
 

Helping clean kennel areas
 

Laundry
 

Sanitizing crates
 

Calling to complete post-adoption follow-ups
 

Shoveling snow
 

Mowing grass
 

Pulling weeds
 

Data entry
 

Glass cleaning, dusting and other facilities cleaning
 

Other clerical organizational tasks
 

Socializing special-needs dogs (experienced adults only, staff approval needed on case-by-case basis)
 

Various projects as needed
 

Answering phone calls
 

Helping at our Seconds2Go thrift store
 

Much more!

 

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