Take care of cats – the goal is to guarantee and improve the well-being of cats in the shelter. Tasks include the upkeep of the cats’ cages and rooms.
Take care of dogs – the goal is to offer dogs mental and physical activities as well as social contact with humans. Tasks include the upkeep of the dogs’ cages.
Take pictures and videos – capture high-quality photos and videos of the shelter’s residents. A picture is worth a thousand words and good photos and videos will significantly improve the likelihood of adoption.
Instruct and coordinate other volunteers (requires long-term volunteering experience) – coordinators are like the glue that keeps our volunteer team together. Coordinators inspire, encourage, instruct and train new volunteers as well as keep records of them. The goal is to train volunteers who are motivated, aware of our vision, mission, goals, and rules, who are good with animals and people, are confident and represent the shelter in the best way possible.
Help introduce shelter residents (requires long-term volunteering experience) – working with visitors and potential pet owners during the shelter’s working hours, introducing animals to potential adopters, answering questions and giving advice in general.
What do volunteers do outside of the shelter?
Offer foster homes – offering a foster home means taking care of an animal until the animal is ready to be put up for adoption at the shelter. The time period for fostering ranges from a few weeks to a few months or it could be a time period that is suitable for you. Foster homes are necessary for animals with special needs who, for one reason or another, cannot yet be rehomed. The animal may be too weak, little or untamed, e.g. when the animal is a stray that has had very little contact with humans. It should also be taken into account that the animals given into foster care often need more attention than other animals. Offering an animal your time, energy and home by fostering them you help prepare the animal for their permanent home and help reduce the overload on shelters. The shelter will help the foster home with all things ranging from veterinary care to food. A foster home is expected to dedicate time and care for the animal and offer them a cozy place and lots of love.
Collect donations and give out information – the shelter greatly relies on donations, sponsors, charity sales and other means of generating income. Volunteers who do this are called fundraisers. Since we want to help animals and do preventative work we need more financial resources. This work does not need special education, although previous experience is beneficial. The volunteer should have basic computer skills and knowledge of English will make the job much more interesting. Important personality traits include great communication skills, accountability, courage, representability, joyfulness, and creativity. There are plenty of opportunities for acquiring donations and the more creative the ideas the better the results. Being a fundraiser helps develop communication and professional skills that are useful in both private and work life. Volunteering might help discover the sales or marketing person inside of you and it could give you a new career. As a fundraiser you will participate in various events (charity sales, fairs, car boot sales, etc.) to gather donations and give out information about the shelter, delivering booklets to veterinary clinics, municipalities, and other places.
Manage social media – designing advertisements: brochures, booklets, posters, etc. Help improve web pages and carry out ideas. Maximum utilization of the opportunities of social media.
Translate and edit – translating (into Estonian, English, and Russian) or editing texts mainly meant for shelter employees or volunteers as well as for educating and informing the general public.
Educate adults and children – you do not necessarily have to deal with animals to help. Trainers educate adults and children on animal maltreatment and protection as well as subjects relating to shelters, etc.