Thank you for stopping by Circle of Friends Humane Society's volunteer page! Volunteers are fundamental to the care and socialization of our animals. We are so appreciative of anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our animals.
To become a volunteer with Circle of Friends Humane Society, the first step is to attend an orientation session! Orientation is an opportunity to learn about different jobs for volunteers, receive a tour of our facility, meet the Hospitality department along with other new volunteers, and visit with some of our adoptable animals! Please see our FAQ to learn about requirements and opportunities for volunteers, and check out our Sign Up section to schedule yourself for orientation.
Orientation is a great way to learn about volunteering and get acquainted with our facility. Orientations are held twice a week every two weeks, with alternating days and times. Spacing is limited and sign up ahead of time is required. If you do not see an available orientation that fits with your schedule, please leave your information and preferred days/times for orientation under our contact link! We will do our best to take your schedule into consideration when planning new orientations and contact you when new orientations are scheduled.
Available Orientation Dates:
Q: What Kinds of opportunities are there for volunteering at Circle of Friends Humane Society?
A: There are many different types of opportunities for those looking to volunteer! As a volunteer at Circle of Friends, you are able to:
- Socialize, walk and care for animals.
- Help with morning kennel cleaning.
- Assist in various office tasks.
- Attend and bring adoptable animals to events.
- Assist in pet photography.
- Help with promotion + outreach to the Grand Forks community.
- Make a difference of the lives of animals in need.
Q: What are the basic requirements to volunteer?
A: We ask that volunteers:
- Be 18 years and older or 12-17 years and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (For children under 12, see our open volunteering opportunities!)
- Attend training and schedule their shifts for designated areas.
- Be able to hear and verbally communicate if working with animals.
- Adhere to dress code.
- Follow protocols taught in training.
Q: How do I get started?
A: To start, we have you sign up for and attend an orientation/info session. This session is an opportunity to get acquainted with our program, our facility, and some of our adoptable animals along with other new volunteers. Once you have completed your orientation, you will receive a follow-up email from the Hospitality Coordinator. This email includes information about training and how to sign up for your training shift.
Volunteer orientations are held twice a week every other week. Days and times for orientations vary.
Q: What does training consist of?
A: Training consists of one-on-one work with someone who is experienced in your preferred training area(s). They will teach you cleaning and socializing protocols and help you get further acquainted with the facility.
Q: Why do volunteers attend training?
A: At Circle of Friends, we have many different procedures in place when caring for and working with animals. Many of these procedures are best learned through hands-on experience. This experience makes your time volunteering at Circle of Friends safe and enjoyable while increasing impact.
Q: Why do volunteers schedule shifts?
A: Shift scheduling allows volunteers to see when/where Circle of Friends has needs that need to be met. Scheduling also helps our the Hospitality department know how many volunteers will be present in a given day.
Q: I have a child or know someone with a child who is under 12 years of age. How can they get involved?
A: We have many open volunteering opportunities for children under 12 years of age. They are able to volunteer for designated tasks as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, have completed the necessary paperwork, and have their hours logged by the Hospitality department. These volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Making cat toys (bring t-shirts).
- Shredding paper litter.
- Caring for the flowers outside and decorating our sidewalk.
- Wiping down windows.
- Breaking up dog treats (as needed).
- Making treat bags (as needed).
- Carrying donations to our garage.
- Creating decorations for our lobby.
- Handing out flyers for events (as needed).
- Changing out trash.
- General office help.
- Cleaning bathrooms.
These activities can be done at any time during our public business hours, which are Tuesday - Sunday, noon to 6 pm.
Q: I have a group that would like to volunteer through their school, workplace, or a program. How would we set up volunteer work?
A: Please contact Marie Holden, the Hospitality Coordinator, at Volunteer@gfpets.com.
Volunteers are a very important part of Circle of Friends. Thank you for taking time to visit our volunteer page!