Volunteer Procedures and Policies

Volunteer policies and procedures are currently undergoing changes in order to allow more volunteers to help in more ways! We appreciate your patience.

Special Pals has some of the best volunteers around, but we are always looking for more!  We would love to have you share your time and talents with us.

Please understand that our mornings start out with cleaning and feeding our shelter friends. If you choose to volunteer before 12:00 you will need to be a part of the AM team. This team cleans cages, feeds, sweeps, mops & does dishes. You’re more than welcome to come after 12:00 and be a part of the PM team. This group may walk dogs, bathe animals, and engage in more playtime activities.  Volunteers are required to schedule their shifts at least a week in advance.  Please bring your completed application and waiver to your training. Volunteers age 12-15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers age 16-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during training but can volunteer alone after training is complete. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you will join us and be part of the Team!

**Court ordered Community Service clients assigned to Special Pals (guidelines are not the same as volunteer guidelines).

Orientation will be held every other Sunday beginning in November, but holidays will affect the schedule.

Nov-Dec 2017 Community Service Orientation Schedule

 11/5, 11/19, 12/17, at 1 pm

Please arrive at least 30 minutes early and bring your ID card. You do not need to call and schedule your orientation, you can just come in on the dates above.  Orientation lasts about 45 minutes. 

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in the following:


Morning Dog Kennel Cleaners: Sign up online (coming soon). Sunday orientation is required.

Catio Cleaners: Tuesday or Thursday morning orientation is required on first shift. Sign up using the signup.com link below.

Afternoon Helpers: Sign up online (coming soon).  Sunday orientation is required.

Walk with a Friend (Dog Walk every Sunday): 4 pm to 5 pm.

Please register by clicking on the link below:

  • Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Administrative Helpers:  email info@specialpalsshelter.org for information and orientation details.

Volunteers Orientations are held every other Sunday beginning in November at 1 pm :  The holidays will affect the orientation schedule. You do not need to call and schedule your orientation: you can just come in on the dates above. Orientation lasts about 45 minutes.

November-December 2017 Volunteer Orientation Schedule:

11/12, 12/10 - 1 pm

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Catio Patrol


Catio cleanup crew and kitty cuddlers wanted! Any day (between 8-12: start time is flexible and cleanup takes about an hour...cuddles unlimited time after clean up). Orientation /Training can be completed on your first shift. Signed waiver/agreement is required.


We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. If you would like to volunteer for the Catio Patrol follow the steps below:

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click here to register:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

NoteSignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Print Adult Agreement

Print Youth/Student Agreement


Corinne Pilon (With Misty Blue); Volunteer Vet Tech

Shelly Piehl with Minnie

Shelly Piehl (With Minnie)


bobby piehl with rachel

Bobby Piehl (With Rachel)

Things YOU can do as a Special Pals volunteer: