Cause - Animals

"I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people." -Doris Day

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." -Anatole France


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Family & Youth Volunteer Day

There is an old saying on farms: "Many hands make light work." Taking care of horses, donkeys, goats, camels, llamas, and hundreds of other animals sure is a big job. Stalls need to be cleaned, buckets have to be scrubbed, tack needs to be maintained, and animals need to be fed. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to spend a day with the Green Chimneys staff to see what life is like on the farm and to learn how to take care of the animals. Come dressed for the weather and be prepared for a fun and interesting morning of hands-on work in the barns! Note: All volunteers under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult to participate. Express interest as a family, group, or team to add young volunteers to your team. To volunteer: “Express interest” to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete your registration with this organization

Brewster, NY

5/9/20 9:00 AM

Service Dog Puppy Raiser

Volunteers raise and socialize our puppies in their homes for approximately 12-16 months. They take them out to many different places and teach them basic commands and manners. Providing our dogs with these experiences helps give them a solid foundation and prepares them for the next phase of their service dog training. There is no experience necessary Training is available #remotevolunteer

Hopewell Junction, NY


Foster a Service Dog

Volunteers are needed to foster service dogs while they are in training. Once dogs are around 18 months old and begin training with a professional BluePath trainer, they are fostered in the homes of volunteers that live in Dutchess County. Three to four times a week the foster must drop the dog off in Hopewell Junction in the morning and pick up in the late afternoon. This allows all of the dogs to live in homes and not in kennels. Dogs remain with the foster until placement as a BluePath service dog. No experience required Training is available

Hopewell Junction, NY


Temporary Service Dog Sitter

If you are not able to be a Puppy Raiser or Foster, but would like to help with one of our dogs, you can become a Sitter. Volunteer Sitters take our dogs into their homes for short periods of time to look after them when Raisers and Fosters are unavailable. No experience necessary Training is available #remotevolunteer

Hopewell Junction, NY


Horseback Riding Program Helper

SPARC provides recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. On Saturday mornings, children and young adults meet for SPARC's Horseback Riding Program, where they learn how to ride horses. Horseback Riding Program Helpers walk next to riders and hold their ankles or thighs during lessons to keep them from falling. They can also help lead the horses, assist riders with brushing the animals, or walk the horses from the stables to the ring. All training will be provided; this is a great opportunity for volunteers who love animals to learn more about horses, how to saddle and feed them, and more!

Cortlandt, NY


Pet Therapy Volunteer

SPARC is seeking volunteers to bring their pets to itsPet Connection program, which is designed for adults with developmental disabilities. The program is held every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. in White Plains, and there's no minimum time commitment. Pets can be a dog, bunny, bird, reptile, or other appropriate animal.

White Plains, NY


Administrative Volunteer

Adopt-A-Dog is seeking volunteers to assist with its day-to-day office tasks. If you can easily hold a conversation on the phone, be able to help with basic computer data entry, and talk about Adopt-A-Dog, please apply! Training materials and a computer will be provided, as well as a dog to keep you company.

Armonk, NY


Youth "Dog Tails" Volunteers (Read to Dogs!)

Bring your favorite book to Adopt-A-Dog and read to furry friends!

Armonk, NY


Help Socialize Rescue Dogs

Adopt-A-Dog's puppers sure love the company of people, and it's good for them to be around new faces to help them socialize. Volunteers are needed to spend time with these furry friends, whether it's playing a game of fetch to get them moving or giving them good old-fashioned snuggles.

Armonk, NY


Farm & Wildlife Volunteers

Green Chimneys is looking for volunteers to help with its 200 animals at the Sam and Myra Ross Farm & Wildlife Center! Volunteers can assist students in caring for sheep, goats, camels, and other farm animals under the supervision of Green Chimneys staff, or learn to care for hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey and wildlife. Volunteers can choose between the Teaching Barn (farm animals), the Wildlife Center (birds of prey and other wildlife), or weekend positions as guides on farm tours for the public.

Brewster, NY


Volunteer Coordinator

Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator that has management experience and is able to direct and organize volunteers and activities. The Volunteer Coordinator will keep track of volunteers and their hours, hold volunteer orientation sessions once a month, and send a monthly update via email. Some hours at the shelter are required, but the schedule is up to the volunteer!

Pomona, NY


Grant Writer

Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is looking for a Grant Writer to help prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals. Volunteer requirements: Possess a broad knowledge of organizational structure, functions, and needs Possess essential knowledge of a grant application process Ability to incorporate accurate and pertinent information in the proposal or application Communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization Work with the board president to gather information necessary to complete grants

Pomona, NY


Vacation Relief Person for our Pups-in-Training

Our volunteer puppy raisers sometimes need someone to care for their pup for short periods of time (usually a week or less) when they go away, or have a situation that prevents them from caring for their pup. All supplies, including the pup's crate, needed will be brought with the pup when the pup is delivered to your home, so there's no expense to you, unless you want to purchase a gate to limit the pup's access in your home. We ask that you complete the puppy raiser application on our website, and indicate you want to be a vacation relief person (there's a spot on the form for your comments). The application is under applications on our Home Page on putnamservicedogs.org. We will assess you as carefully as we assess those applying to be a puppy raiser, including speaking to your references. When a puppy raiser needs someone to take their pup, we contact people on our Vacation Relief list to find someone whose schedule works with the time slot requested. You'll be spending time with a great dog, helping a great cause, and get your doggy fix for awhile. #remotevolunteer