I'm a volunteer for the Humane Society of Central Texas! I attended my volunteer orientation this afternoon. Left work an hour early to make it to the class. The first hour was explaining the shelter, how it works, what goes on, etc. Then we were showed all the tools of the trade for dog socialization, leashes, treats, poop bags, etc. The coordinator explained everything in detail and took us out to the kennels.
Basically, now that I went thru the class, I can just show up, grab my gear from the volunteer office and head out to the animals. I can pick any dog I want, take it out of it's kennel and play! It's so laid back. I really liked that aspect of it.
I talked to the adoption coordinator about taking pictures. He said they would give me access to their computer program so I could upload the pictures directly onto the site. Pretty much, whenever I want, I show up, take doggies out to play and snap their pics. From what I experienced today, this is going to be so much fun. Now I'm just wishing I had more free time available to be there. My work schedule and their hours only allow for a few volunteer opportunities but I'll get it figured out. I just realized I'm off on Monday so I plan to put in some good time that day.
Oh, and so you know, they have a policy that volunteers are not allowed to adopt for the first 30 days. The husband said that was an EXCELLENT policy! He'll probably call up there and tell them to extend my period of non-adoption!