ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. You can sign up for a community event or become an official AAF volunteer by completing an application and attending one or more levels of orientation.
If you have trouble registering for a volunteer orientation, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Pre-Registration is Required for all Levels of Orientation
How to register:
- Complete the online volunteer application and you will receive an immediate confirmation email with a link and access code to sign up for Level 1 - New Volunteer Orientation. There are lots of ways you can volunteer at Level 1.
- When you register for Level 1, you will receive an immediate confirmation email with a link and access code to sign up for Level 2 - Dog Care Orientation. If you are interested the dog care volunteer roles, please register for Level 2.
- When you register for Level 2, you will receive an immediate confirmation email with a link and access code to sign up for Level 3 - Advanced Dog Care Orientation. If you are interested in the advanced dog care volunteer roles, please register for Level 3.
We no longer list upcoming dates for orientation because they are available to you through the link and access code to sign up for each level. If there are no sign-ups 24 hours prior to the orientation, that session will be canceled.
Please come prepared to stand and walk for the duration of our orientations. We are not able to provide refreshments during our orientations. Special accommodation requests should be sent to email@example.com. Please do not schedule your orientation until you have received verification that we can accommodate your request.
Level 2 - Dog Care Orientation
This training class is for AAF volunteers who want to learn more about serving with AAF dogs, have completed Level 1 - New Volunteer Orientation and are 15 years of age or older,
This 2-hour indoor program covers kennel safety procedures, canine body language, clicker training exercises to reduce stress in dogs and improve adoptability, cleaning for wellness protocols, enrichment, and Kong preparation.
Level 2 is scheduled on alternating Saturdays from 11:00AM - 1:00PM. This is immediately after Level 1 concludes. Volunteers may choose to complete Level 2 on the same day or wait for a future date.
Level 3 - Advanced Dog Care Orientation (with the addition of the Mutt Mentor Program).
This training class is for AAF volunteers who want to become qualified for advanced volunteering with dogs. Level 2 - Dog Care Orientation is a pre-requisite for this training.
You will develop leash skills for walking dogs, review various leash and harnesses, discuss and observe canine play behavior and body language, learn about and work with AAF dogs in the dog agility play yards, and refine skills from Level 2. This orientation is scheduled on alternating Saturdays from 11:00AM - 1:00PM. Once you have completed Level 3 Training you will be matched up with one of our Mutt Mentor volunteers. This volunteer will take you under his/her wing for a total of five hours (this time can be broken up into different blocks) and show you the ropes so that you are completely comfortable interacting with our lovable shelter dogs. It's a great way to give back to our four-legged friends and a great way to meet new friends too!