Current Volunteer Opportunities at the ARL

Volunteer positions are updated at the beginning of each month.

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BOSTON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Feline 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.  Looking for reliable and hardworking people Wednesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Adoption Counselor Volunteer: Adoption counselors are quite lucky, as they get to match animals with their new families! Duties include educating about animal care (preventative care, food, exercise, training, socialization, crating, grooming, vet visits, etc) and reviewing adoption paperwork, such as the animal’s medical history. Must enjoy working with the public and have good customer service skills. A very important volunteer task that is perfect for outgoing people who want to help send animals off to their forever homes! Positions open Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 1:00-3:30pm and 4:00-6:30pm. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.


BREWSTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 Feline Friends: We’re looking for experienced feline socializers to enrich the lives of our shelter cats through play, quiet-time and grooming.  Looking for fun and engaging people with the ability to help make our shelter cats feel more at home.  Morning and afternoon shifts available, weekdays and weekends.  Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Brewster Canine Companion: We’re looking for experienced dog handlers to enrich the lives of our shelter dogs through walking, yard play, quiet-time, and training.  Looking for fun and engaging people with the ability to work with our stronger dogs.  Morning and afternoon shifts available, weekdays and weekends.  Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.


DEDHAM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Dedham Canine 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.  Looking for reliable and hardworking people Tuesday or Friday mornings from 7:30 – 9:30am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Feline 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.  Looking for reliable and hardworking people Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Small Animal Openers- We’re looking for experienced small animal socializers to enrich the lives of our shelter guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, hamsters, ferrets and rats through play, quiet time and grooming.  Looking for fun and engaging people with the ability to help make our shelter small animals feel more at home.  Looking for reliable and hardworking people Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9:00-11:00am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.

Dedham Barn Opener: We are looking for experienced barn hands to help keep the barn nice and tidy! Must be comfortable working with livestock, and working outside in all kinds of weather. Duties include feeding, mucking stalls, scrubbing buckets, grooming and socializing with many different species of livestock. Looking for reliable and hardworking people Wednesday or Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 10:30am. Learn more about becoming an ARL volunteer.


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