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Local Volunteer Program - limited to the Atlanta area
Volunteers play a vital role in our day-to-day operations at Canine Assistants. We have a wonderful team of volunteers that we heavily rely on, and we're so grateful for the dedication that they show on a daily basis.
At Canine Assistants, volunteers help us greatly in all of the following areas:
- grooming dogs to keep them healthy and beautiful.
- reinforcing cues and taking dogs on public outings. Outings are
instrumental in exposing our dogs to a variety of environments which
they will encounter when placed with a recipient.
- Over night or weekend visits to help dogs acclimate to different home environments.
- In the foster program, volunteers are assigned a puppy at 7 weeks old that
they work with a consistent basis until the dog graduates at around 18 months
to 2 years old. Volunteer fosters provide invaluable help to the dog instructing
staff with socialization, exercise, and basic training, but they do not keep
the dog on a full-time basis.
- Daily care and upkeep of our 0-7 week old puppies. Nursery team volunteers
take the baby puppies on "mini" outings and work on socialization as well.
Animal Assisted Education and Therapy -
Give informational presentations about Canine Assistants to community organizations, education facilities, which includes a disability awareness presentations for children
Participate in animal assisted therapy sessions at assisted living facilities, hospitals, and physical rehabilitation centers
Participate in the K-9 Kids Reading Program
Special events - staff informational tables or booths and participate in fundraisers.
Cleaning and maintenance
- helping us stay neat and tidy by cleaning crates, kennels, and yards. Also helping with special maintenance and grounds keeping projects.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are required to attend an orientation and four days of introductory lecture/handling classes. Participants must attend all five events to move forward with the certification process. After the introductory orientation and classes, new volunteers will take bathing, handling, and outing classes given by the Volunteer Coordinator. Upon approval of the Volunteer Coordinator, new volunteers will join the ranks of the Canine Assistants Certified Volunteer Team and provide invaluable assistance in the teaching, socializing, and nurturing of our service dogs in training to best prepare them to meet their new recipients.