We offer three different volunteer opportunities depending on your interests and skill level. Individuals under the age of 18 interested in earning community service hours for school credit are encouraged to participate with YAPS through independent fundraising and supply drives. See below for ideas.
Your volunteer application and waiver must be turned into YAPS office before you can volunteer on the premises for a back ground check. We do limit the number of applicants per month and all applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis. You will be contacted when you are eligible to become a volunteer. If it has been 12 months or more since you last volunteered, you will need to submit an application, liability waiver and attend an orientation. All approved volunteers will be notified by email or phone and invited to participate in a Wags & Walks as entry into the program. We need your help and look forward to having you be part of Team YAPS.
Please submit your volunteer application to the YAPS office. There is a $15 fee payable at the YAPS office which covers the costs for a volunteer t-shirt and name badge.
Beginner Volunteers (ages 10 - 13 years) – This program is ideal for students needing more than 10 volunteer service hours for school credit, clubs, or church obligations and have an interest in helping the animals at the YAPS rescue facility. Orientation is not required. Completing 10 or more off site hours as a Have-A-Heart Volunteer is required before entering the Beginner Volunteer Program. Volunteer t-shirts and name badges are available for purchase in the YAPS office.
Junior Volunteers (ages 14 - 17 years) – This program is designed for long term volunteers, whose main objective is in animal care, facility duties or animal rescue protocol. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteer hours per month. You must be 16 and over to be on the YAPS property without a parent or guardian.
Adult Volunteers (18 years and over) - This program is designed for long term volunteers over 18 whose main objective is to help with the administrative, adoption, and animal care components of YAPS. This includes those looking to help in the office, with fundraisers, adoption events, kennel care and socializing animals. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteer hours per month.
Have-a-Heart Volunteers Program at YAPS
For Commitments of 10 Hours or Less
A fun and flexible way to help the animals and complete community service hours. Below are some great ways for individuals or groups who wish to complete a community service project, but lack the time or availability to commit to the YAPS Volunteer Program. This is perfect for students needing to complete community service hours for school credit, clubs, and churches. Volunteers of this nature are encouraged to choose one of the following options within this section as a means of helping the pets at the YAPS facility. All students ages 10 -17 are required to complete 10 off site hours before entering the YAPS Lend-A-Paw Beginner Volunteer Program. We ask that individuals take responsibility for logging their hours and start keeping time from the moment they start brainstorming.
Wags & Walks: Monthly participation in the “Wags & Walk" at YAPS (New volunteers please arrive 20 min early. Please bring a completed Waiver of Liability). Each walk lasts approximately one hour.
Pet Food/Supply or Coin Drive: Work with YAPS staff to create a program where you or your group monitor donation canisters/boxes collecting spare change, food, or other supplies needed for the facility. All you need to do is decorate large cardboard boxes or trash bins and ask local businesses, schools or churches permission to display your container and collect items. Make a commitment to check on the supply boxes weekly and bring in supplies to YAPS.
Organize a fundraiser -- Lemonade Stand/Bake Sale/Yard Sale: These fundraising activities may seem old fashioned but can be a fun way for young individuals or groups to get involved with our cause and to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Simply hold your fundraiser and your convenience and deliver the proceeds to YAPS.
Paws to Recycle: This is a great opportunity for individuals and/or groups to give back to homeless animals while encouraging a green community. Organize a recycling campaign in your neighborhood, school, church or place of work to raise much needed funds for the furry friends of YAPS. Take the items collected to a recycling center and donate the proceeds to YAPS.
Bake Treats: The dogs at YAPS appreciate receiving love. Walks, talks and treats brighten their day. You can make treats for dogs at YAPS and bring them in. Our staff and volunteers will pass them out and make sure every dog receives a home baked treat. Need a recipe? Try out this one below:
Peanut Butter Bones (or any shape you prefer)
2 cups garbanzo bean flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 cup natural peanut butter, 1 cup skim milk or lactose free milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a bowl combine ingredients dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix PB and milk.
Add wet mixture to dry and mix well.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out dough and cut out shapes.
Place treats on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minute or until lightly browned.
Facility Improvement Projects: School, church and civic groups are able to spend a day YAPS to improve the facility and grounds that house our furry friends. Throughout the year improvement projects are in the works to add to the aesthetics and functionality of our facility. Our grounds require constant maintenance and having extra hands to help keep the grounds tidy is always appreciated. Please make arrangements by calling in to the YAPS office at least 3 weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Items of Need (can be collected for supply drives:
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Laundry soap
- Dish Soap
- Dry Dog Food
- Moist Dog Food
- Dry Cat Food
- Moist Cat Food
- Dry Puppy Food
- Moist Puppy Food
- Dry Kitten Food
- Moist Kitten Food
- Cat litter (regular and scoopable)
- 45+ gallon trash bags
- 13 gallon trash bags
- Sponges/scouring pads
- Standard copy paper
- Rubber gloves