Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption, Inc.(WCSAA) Volunteers are vital to all activities of WCSAA. There are a variety of roles volunteers fill, including the ones listed below. After reading these, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email our Director of Volunteers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers experienced with small animals will house rescue animals in their home. Foster parent provides optimal husbandry, diet and socialization on a daily basis. Foster parent must be available to bring adoptable animals to and from adoption events on a weekly basis and to the veterinarian if necessary, along with the cage card. Foster parent will promptly communicate to Lead Volunteer (Fenella / Debbie / Antonella) any concerns regarding health or behavior. Foster parent provides photos and description of adoptable animal to be posted on the WCSAA website. Foster parent must agree to a home check prior to receiving any animals. All housing needs and dry food are provided by WCSAA, but foster parent will provide freshfood as needed. Foster parent must be willing to relinquish foster animal when requested.
Volunteer must be over 18, have access to a reliable vehicle with working A/C, have a valid driver's license and insurance. Transport may be needed within San Diego County or Southern California between WCSAA, shelters and possibly veterinary offices. Some longer trips may be needed and a stipend towards gas is offered.
A volunteer with a good eye and patience to capture that special photo is needed for all our adoptable animals. Volunteer must be familiar with species, breeds and coloring. A creative writer to send description to website manager is a plus! Photos can be taken at store location or foster homes. Volunteers provide their own camera.
Off-site Event Volunteer
An independent person with good base knowledge of rescue and species and who enjoys interacting with the public is required for community events. The off-site event volunteer will coordinate with event organizers, collect supplies needed, and set up attractive booth and represent WCSAA at the event. WCSAA will cover fees to attend or parking. Volunteers must purchase and wear a WCSAA t-shirt and name badge, along with long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Expert sewers with their own machines who can create fleece/fabric supplies for small animals are needed. Fabric and thread are provided to make hammocks, cage liners, tunnels, cuddle cups/sacs. These may be used for the rescue animals OR sold in store to raise funds. Volunteer can work at home and original creations are encouraged!
Volunteers are needed at foster homes to assist with cage cleaning of all species. Locations vary around San Diego County. Times may vary so a flexible schedule is needed. Volunteers clean cages, assist with feeding, help keep the cage environment neat and tidy, and may bathe guineas pigs.
There are a variety of “jobs” at the store. Volunteers are expected to arrive before the store opens to assist with set up and/or stay after closing time to assist with clean up and packing up of animals. Volunteers must purchase and wear a WCSAA t-shirt and name badge, along with long pants and closed-toe shoes.
General Store Volunteer
General duties include: keeping the store clean (dusting, window cleaning, sweeping and sink duty) to ensure a professional appearance; restocking of supplies and expiration date checks; logging and cleaning donated goods while assessing for safety. Volunteers must be comfortable greeting customers, talking about our rescue, and answering questions. Volunteers must be familiar with stocked supplies and offer our information about the products we offer.
Animal Care Store Volunteer
Volunteers must know where animals are to be displayed and ensure they have food and water. Cage cards must be checked for accuracy. Supervising interaction with our animals is needed to ensure our animals are kept safe and returned to the correct cages. Animals relinquished to the rescue must be assessed and logged into the rescue records. Bathing of rescue animals, nail clipping and general health checks are given. Volunteers trim customer’s animals' nails and offer bathing. Volunteers must understand the basics of animal care and be able to communicate clearly and in a friendly way to our customers.
Store Adoption Counselor
Adoption Counselors are our most experienced store volunteers. They talk about our rescue animals, their housing, dietary and special needs to potential adopters. They supervise interactions and ensure animals at the store are kept safe. They supervise animal “bondings” and offer advice about finding a companion for a customer’s pet. Volunteer must be familiar with screening questions and how to complete adoption contract. Volunteers assist new adopters in choosing supplies.
Do you have a special talent that you would like to share? Please let the Volunteer Director know how you can help us.