Welcome to KC Pet Rescue.
We appreciate your interest in volunteering your time and energy to help us advance animal welfare in Conway County. Together we can accomplish our goal of being a model dog rescue organization.
This Volunteer Handbook will introduce you to our mission, vision, and community services and will explain some important rules for volunteers. While this information will get you started volunteering with us, some volunteer positions require additional training and time.
We respect your time and skills and strive to make your experience with us productive and rewarding. Although we require a small time commitment, we encourage regular participation and value dependability in all our volunteers. We will be counting on you!
Helping animals in our care is challenging and rewarding. It can also be physically and emotionally draining. Without volunteers, our animals and our mission would be under-served. If you want to see results from your efforts, then you’re in the right organization! You can truly make a difference.
Thank you for your time and all the hard work you will be helping in doing each day.
Director of KC Pet Rescue
We believe a key to successful training is to provide our volunteers with hands-on experience. We understand that your time is valuable so in order to maximize your time at the shelter, we ask that you take a one-on-one class with Clarissa to be properly trained with the animals.
The first day we will take a brief tour of the shelter or our adoption event. Some ways volunteers make a difference in our organization:
Hours at the Shelter are from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Adoptions at the Shelter are by appointment only.
Adoption Fees: Our fees cover all vet care for each dog. This includes up to date vaccines, heartworm testing, spay/neuter, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, intestinal parasite prevention, microchip, and health certificates.
Who We Are
KC Pet Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer emergency dog rescue organization serving the Conway county area. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs left homeless, dogs in public shelters where they are at high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect.
We strive to work with area shelters and other rescue and humane organizations to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for our pets.
To us, rescue isn't just about the dogs. It is also about bringing joy and happiness into lives of adopters who have a void that only a furry friend can fill. Please help us to care for homeless pets in our local area.
How KC Pet Rescue is funded
We are not a government agency nor are we affiliated with, or receive, funding from any larger humane organization. We depend on caring individuals and animal lovers throughout our community to provide our services. We are a 501(c)3 organization and donations to us are tax deductible.
Daily Routine At The Shelter In Arkansas
8:00 am - Staff arrives; Dogs are watered and fed, kennels are cleaned, inside dogs are let out and crates cleaned
11:00 - 12:00 - Lunch Break
2:00 pm - Dogs are watered again if needed, clean water buckets if needed, kennels are spot cleaned.
3:00- 4:00 pm - Clean food pans, water buckets topped off, all doors and storage buildings locked.
Laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping are done throughout the day. Like home, there is always laundry to be folder and dirty linens to wash. If volunteers can stay the whole day that is GREAT and helpful. If you can't stay all day please let a staff member know the day before so we can plan ahead.
Routine At An Adoption Event
11:00 am - setup pens, banners, and tables for event
12:00 pm - unload dogs and keep pens clean as they come into the pens
1:00 - 5:00 pm - keep fresh water available, keep pens clean, entertain puppies
5:00 pm - load dogs back in van and clean up area for next day.
Socialization is extremely important to the “adoptability” of our dogs and helps to make their stay at the shelter more comfortable. Play pals give much needed exercise and affection to our homeless pets. Play Pals can take a dog for a walk or throw a ball in the fenced play yard. Our dogs can always use a bath or just someone to give them a good rub. You can also take a dog home for a night to give them time away from the shelter.
Dog Walking Volunteers will be required to attend a Dog Handling class given by Clarissa before they may begin volunteering to walk dogs. (See Dog Walking 101 handout for Specific instructions)
Always ask a staff person if there is a question about whether or not a dog should be walked.
A critical understanding with all animals is to sanitize your hands after handling as to not spread germs and diseases.
Animal Care Team
This job is by far the hardest, dirtiest, but most rewarding out of all of the volunteer opportunities. We have the same number of staff that we had three years ago, but serves three times the number of animals. The staff has come to rely on volunteers to with the daily routine of caring, cleaning and therapy. This job includes:
Special Event Support Team
An “Event” can be any public appearance that we attend, ranging from a large fundraiser or a small booth at a Farmers Market. We go to many events throughout the year and we depend on volunteers to help us. Some examples:
Our staff works very hard to prepare animals going out into the community, so please be punctual if you are to pick up an animal. When dealing with animals, remember ... they may be afraid, get sick, or need a potty break when you least expect it. Event planning can be a painstaking process, so let’s do our part to ensure each event runs smoothly. Please remember you are an ambassador to our organization and must be an extension of our mission and vision.
Animals need foster homes for various reasons. If you are interested in learning about our foster program, please ask! We have separate training and information on this program.
Off-Site Adoption Crew
This is our go-to crew of volunteers that take some of our adoptable animals off-site to different events including: PetSmart & Tractor Supply, community events, and even KC Pet Rescue events. You must be 18 years or older to participate in this crew and have a minimum of 10 consecutive dog walking hours under your belt.
Fundraising is the heart of any non-profit organization. We have amazing opportunities to work with a group or at your own pace and schedule. We have listed just a small sampling of what you can do to help us continue to have a successful fundraising campaign:
Guidelines and Procedures
Volunteering requires responsible and caring people committed to our mission, vision, and procedures. We welcome your help and want your experience with us to be personally satisfying and rewarding. We have procedures and guidelines for volunteers in order to create a seamless working relationship for volunteers, staff and most importantly our animals.
We encourage you to ask staff if you have ANY questions. Please follow staff directions and address problems, questions, or suggestions to the manager on duty.
Volunteers Under 18 Years of Age
There are some restrictions for minors. Volunteers age 14-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering. While dealing with dogs, you may only walk GREEN dogs and the parent must be in control of the animal at all times. This is for your safety as well as the safety of the animals and staff. Volunteers age 16-17 need parental consent before volunteering. If you are fulfilling service hours for your school or otherwise, we expect you to arrive at KC Pet Rescue ready to work.
Guidelines for Working with the Public
Dismissal of Volunteers:
KC Pet Rescue reserves the right to dismiss a volunteer who does not follow procedures or our mission. If you are not following the procedures you may risk injury to yourself or an animal and we reserve the right to dismiss you. The safety of our animals, volunteers, staff and visitors are our primary concern.
DOG WALKING 101
Before working with us you will be required to sign a sheet stating that you have read the guidelines stated above and will follow these guidelines and procedures while volunteering for KC Pet Rescue.