Volunteer & Foster
“We are working hard to make a safe experience for our shelter pets, our current volunteers, and our fosters during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently on hold for taking new shelter volunteer applications or offering in-person training classes. That being said, we do have some exciting ways for our current volunteers and the community to be of service to our shelter pets.
FOSTER: Be a lifesaving superhero by fostering one of our shelter pets. The PRAS is still receiving plenty of animals in the shelter. With many people at home, this may be a great time to foster a shelter pet. Perhaps you can help a bottle baby kitten? Or an older kitten that needs a great place to grow? Or maybe an adult cat or dog that is scared being at the shelter and needs the extra love you could give? If you would be interested in this opportunity to help our shelter pets here on the Peninsula, please fill out our survey using the following link: http://bttr.im/jekkd If you have any questions, please to email our Foster Program Coordinator, Amanda McQuarry, at email@example.com
REMOTE VOLUNTEERING: There are so many things that you can do from home that will benefit our shelter animals. Making enrichment items and toys for our shelter pets is a great way to make their stay at the PRAS a more pleasant one. This can be a great way to pass some time or even get the kids involved! We have some of the supplies you might need right here at the shelter (old blankets, cardboard tubes) and many other supplies are in your recycle bag at home just waiting to upcycle. Or perhaps you have sewing or creative building skills and can help us with some projects? Do you need community service hours? Check with your sponsor to see if these activities would meet the requirements. We have a handy log for you to track your time and activities right here.
Please check out these links for some great ideas:
- This booklet offers some great, simple ideas.
- Here’s a link to the Boredom Busters program: https://www.farsidejourney.org/low-cost-shelter-enrichment .
- Old corrugated cardboard can be turned into awesome scratchers for our shelter kitties: (Make 10” long by 4”wide to fit in kennels) https://www.google.com/search?q=diy+cat+scratcher+from+cardboard&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS916US916&oq=DIY+Cat+scratchers+out+of+cardbpard&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0i333l5.22118j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
- You can purchase CatAmazing™ cardboard puzzle toys.
- Want more ideas of things you can make easily at home? See How to Make Dog Toys, How to Make Cat Toys, and How to Make Fleece Beds.
For groups or individuals:
Sew what? Do you have sewing skills? We have a couple of projects we could use your help with. Partial Kennel door covers. Transfer cage covers. Curtains.
PVC: We have some ideas that require some design to made with PVC. Great scout project or a group that can do some fundraising.
If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer and Animal Behavior Coordinator, Lehni Lebert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You a Pet Whisperer?
Pet training and new owner education are the keys to a successful pet adoption and to keeping current pets in their homes . To support new adopters as they learn about their new companions, and prevent owner surrenders due to behavior problems, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter (PRAS) is reaching out to see how pet trainers – YOU! -can support adopters & pet parents in our communities. We are growing a list of qualified pet trainers, the discounts or free initial support these trainers are willing to provide our new adopters and pet parents struggling with behavior they don’t understand. This list will be available on our website, our Intake/Reunite lobby, and in our adoption folders. If you are a qualified pet trainer interested in supporting successful adoptions of shelter animals or preventing surrenders for behavior problems, please fill out and submit this form to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter. The PRAS promotes Positive/Rewards based training methods.