Ever thought about joining us and volunteering at LCDK? Here's how!
Come in anytime during open hours (Tue/Wed 10-6, Thur/Fri/Sat 10-4:30).
Complete some paperwork.
Review rules with staff.
You are then free to come in anytime during open hours to:
Play with the dogs in the fenced yard or visitor room
Give them treats
Some Rules and Tips to Follow:
READ THE CAGE CARDS - They will have info on the dog - if they are scared, not good with other dogs, jump fences, etc. - all things that will help you when handling them.
Dogs that are not up for adoption yet (still in their mandatory owner hold) CANNOT leave the fenced in areas. These dogs are waiting for owners to reclaim them and do not yet belong to the kennel.
Dogs that have been adopted and have corresponding signs on their cage cards should NOT be taken out of their cage by volunteers. (They no longer belong to the kennel then either, so staff will get them out to go to the bathroom, stretch, etc.)
Dogs with ORANGE CARDS can only be handled by staff. They should have special locks that are not accessed with the volunteer keys staff gives you upon arrival.
When moving a dog in or out of a cage or yard, make sure no other dogs are being moved in or out AND that no visitors are in the immediate vicinity in the case the dog gets loose in the process. SAFETY FIRST - ALWAYS.
If you are not familiar with a dog yet, LEAVE THEM ON THEIR LEASH while playing. They may be playful or stubborn and make it hard to get the leash back on. They may be untrained and jump, and this gives you a way to handle them better.
If a visitor wants to see a dog out of the cage (and/or wants to introduce a dog to their dog), find a staff member to notify immediately. Volunteers are not supposed to do meet and greets for liability reasons.
If a visitor asks a question and you are not sure of the answer - direct them to staff. In fact, paperwork states that you won't discuss dogs with visitors, but as you get more experience, you'll be able to answer SOME questions. When in doubt, ask staff.