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!

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


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

Orientation will be held every other Sunday.

Please arrive by 9:45 am and bring your ID. You do not need to call and schedule your orientation, you can just come in on the dates above.  Orientation lasts about 45 minutes.


Volunteer Orientation Schedule

Click the button below to sign up.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

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: