Current Volunteer Opportunities at the ARL

Volunteer positions are updated at the beginning of each month.

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BOSTON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Boston Transport Volunteer:  Volunteers are needed to provide ground transportation of healthy dogs, cats and other pets to and from our partner shelters and rescues helping them to find their loving forever homes! We are seeking people who are willing to volunteer their time, gas and vehicles to drive the animals. A valid driver’s license and own reliable insured personal vehicle is required.  This is an on-call position, sometimes subject to short notice. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.


BREWSTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Brewster Transport Volunteer:  Volunteers are needed to provide ground transportation of healthy dogs, cats and other pets to and from our partner shelters and rescues helping them to find their loving forever homes! We are seeking people who are willing to volunteer their time, gas and vehicles to drive the animals. A valid driver’s license and own reliable insured personal vehicle is required.  This is an on-call position, sometimes subject to short notice. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Administrative Assistant:  This volunteer position works directly with our Shelter Staff. Duties include answering phone calls and updating data. Previous administrative or development experience is preferred. This position is available weekdays and weekends from 1-3 pm.  Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Adoption Counselor: Our adoption centers are very busy on the weekends. Help our animals find loving homes by talking with potential adopters about our adoption process and individual animals. We are looking for energetic people who are comfortable talking to the public. This position is available on weekends at 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Shelter Closing Volunteer: This position helps us close down our shelter at night. Making sure our animals are content overnight is a priority and that includes having a friendly face to say good night to them. This position includes direct animal care tasks such as providing bedding, food and water for our animals. It may also include scooping, disinfecting and rinsing our indoor and outdoor kennel runs. Indirect animal care may also be assigned, such as various administrative tasks and other duties. Applicants must be able to commit to at least one two-hour shift per week. Must be reliable, hardworking and have great attention to detail. *Must be able to lift 50 pounds. This position is available weekdays and weekends 5:30-7:30 pm. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Shelter Kennel Cleaner: Help keep kennels clean for our animals. Duties include scooping, disinfecting and rinsing our indoor and outdoor kennel runs, washing feed and water bowls and toys. Indirect animal care may also be assigned, such as various administrative tasks and other duties. This is hard but rewarding indoor/outdoor work in all sorts of weather. Applicants must be able to commit to at least one two-hour shift per week. Must be reliable, hardworking and have great attention to detail.*Must be able to lift 50 pounds. This position is available weekdays and weekends from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Small Animal Amigo Volunteers: We are in need of volunteers to help with our small animal care. Duties involve kennel & cage cleaning and socialization for our rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, birds, etc. This position has flexible hours and is available weekdays and weekends. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Shelter Opening Volunteer: This position helps us open our shelter in the morning. While there is work involved, there is nothing like being the first one to say “good morning” to the animals. This position includes direct animal care tasks such as providing food and water for our animals. It may also include scooping, disinfecting and rinsing our indoor and outdoor kennel runs. Indirect animal care may also be assigned, such as various administrative tasks and other duties. Applicants must be able to commit to at least one two-hour shift per week. Must be reliable, hard-working and have great attention to detail. This is hard but rewarding indoor and outdoor work in all sorts of weather. *Must be able to lift 50 pounds. This position is available weekdays and weekends 8:00-10:00 am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Shelter Greeter: In this weekend volunteer position you will welcome potential adopters and help them begin the adoption process. Responsibilities include warmly welcoming and directing visitors to the Adoption Center, answering general inquiries about the ARL, providing information about our shelters and other animal services. Other clerical and administrative tasks may be assigned. This position requires a regular weekly commitment and is available on weekends at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

 


DEDHAM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Community Feline Field Team Volunteer: Our community services department is in need of volunteers to assist with trapping and transporting community and feral cats. Tasks may include transporting cats from the field to one of our shelters, and dropping off and/or picking up traps. Must have your own vehicle that can hold feral cat traps, and be willing to assist in the field in various conditions and all kinds of weather.This position is on call Monday through Friday between 10:30am – 6:30pmLearn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Administrative Assistant: This volunteer position works with our Community Services Department. Our community services department is in need of administrative help with phone support and scheduling. Must be tech savvy and previous customer service experience is highly recommended. Interested volunteers must be able to help one four hour shift each week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons from 12-4pm. This position does not have direct animal care responsibilities. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Transport Volunteer:  Volunteers are needed to provide ground transportation of healthy dogs, cats and other pets to and from our partner shelters and rescues helping them to find their loving forever homes! We are seeking people who are willing to volunteer their time, gas and vehicles to drive the animals. A valid driver’s license and own reliable insured personal vehicle is required.  This is an on-call position, sometimes subject to short notice. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Shelter Opening Volunteer: This position helps us open our shelter in the morning. While there is work involved, there is nothing like being the first one to say, “good morning” to the animals. This position includes indirect animal care tasks, such as laundry, dishes, inventory, various administrative tasks and other duties. Other direct animal care tasks such as providing food and water for our animals will also be assigned. This may include scooping, disinfecting and rinsing our indoor and outdoor kennel runs.  Looking for reliable and hardworking people to commit to one morning shift a week. This position is available every day of the week from 7:30 – 10:30. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Cemetery Administrative Assistant: This volunteer position works with our Cemetery Department.  Our cemetery services department is in need of administrative help with phone and email support. Previous customer service experience is highly recommended.  Interested volunteers must be able to commit to two shifts on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from 9:00 – 12:00. Perfect for stay at home moms or retirees looking for some volunteer work. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Adoption Greeter Volunteer: Our adoption centers are very busy, especially on the weekends.  Help our animals find loving homes by talking with potential adopters about our adoption process and individual animals.  Looking for people who are energetic and comfortable talking to the public.  This position is available every day of the week from 12:30 – 3:30 and 3:30 – 6:30Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Laundry & Canine Companion Volunteer: Help us keep our constant supply of laundry neat and organized! Duties include sorting through donations, running loads of laundry, folding and organizing our laundry area. Once your laundry tasks have been completed, help our canine friends settle into shelter life. Duties include taking dogs for walks, working on good manners, making kongs and playtime, cleaning duties such as spot cleaning or scrubbing kennels and doing dishes. This position is available Friday afternoons from 12:30 – 3:00. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Puppy Welcome Squad (please note this is only a once a month position): Help our transport puppies settle into shelter life! One weekend a month, we work with a southern rescue group that transports puppies up to New England. While puppies are cute and cuddly, they can also be messy and a lot of work. This positions involves a lot of cleaning, as well as meal prep, play and socializing. We are looking for consistently reliable people, who have attention to detail and don’t mind getting their hands dirty! Current openings are: Monday mornings 7:45 – 9:45. Please specify on your application which two shifts you can reliably commit to. Sorry, but we cannot accept applications from volunteers who cannot commit to two shifts for at least 6 months. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.


Questions? Please contact Debby Vogel, Associate Director of Volunteer Services, at (617) 226-5670

dvogel@arlboston.org , Brittany Monteiro, Boston and Dedham Volunteer Supervisor, 617-226-5694 bmonteiro@arlboston.org, or Jack Bakker, Brewster Volunteer Supervisor, 508-255-1030 jbakker@arlboston.org