Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering!
Before you make plans to volunteer with us, there are some things to consider. The first is depending on what time of the year you are coming, the weather can be brutal. The heat and humidity can be extremely difficult. Also, understand that our volunteer work is PHYSICAL. We do not have any “office work,” etc. for volunteers to do.
Because our facility and organization are connected to a TV show on Animal Planet, the public attention we receive can be overwhelming. For this reason, we are limited to what the volunteers can do.
We NO LONGER have a volunteer program for our Assumption Parish location.
Due to recent safety concerns, there will be no contact with the cast from the show and security will be on hand at all times for any volunteering projects.
DUE TO NUMEROUS SAFETY/SECURITY (FOR THE FAMILY, STAFF & DOGS) REASONS, WE NO LONGER ALLOW VOLUNTEERS “BEHIND THE GATES” OR ONTO ANY OF OUR PROPERTIES.
At this time we have only ONE PROGRAM available:
There are structured times for you to show up to walk our dogs. To volunteer in New Orleans, simply show up at the designated times to walk dogs (times listed below).
This program caters to our special needs dogs. These are dogs that do not do well out in the main kennel environment so we’ve set up indoor housing for them. For this reason, they need to go out more frequently than the other dogs… no matter what the weather is!
The walks take you on various routes throughout the neighborhood. Because there are many distractions on this walk and it can get a little bit tiring, we don’t recommend small children for this. Depending on the weather, these walks are sometimes shortened to just around the rescue area.
Volunteer dog walks are held seven (7) days/nights a week, rain or shine, except during flooding or hurricanes. Walking times are updated below as seasons change:
Remember to wear good walking shoes (no sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes) and we do these walks rain or shine (when it rains the walks are cut short and we stay under the Claiborne Bridge). The “rainy day” walks aren’t as fun but the dogs still need to get out.
We also cannot allow children under the age of 5 years to attend the walking program.
There are just too many big dogs out at one time and it is just too much of a risk that a little one will get knocked to the ground by an overly zealous pooch. Also no carrying children in “baby packs” or strollers allowed on walks.
You DO NOT need an appointment to come and volunteer to walk dogs. You can fill out the necessary paperwork during a quick orientation when you arrive.