HOW YOU CAN HELP > BECOME A VOLUNTEER
"Our volunteers are not paid. Not being they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”
At the Animal Rescue Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania, our volunteers are our most important resource. There’s a little something to do for anyone who wants to work with animals or make a difference in their community. All you have to do to become a volunteer is to fill out a volunteer application and volunteer liability/waiver. You can fax in your form or submit your form directly through our website. ARF SEPA’s coordinators will be in touch with you shortly after to discuss your application and give you the latest updates and information.
ARF SEPA volunteers do a variety of things to help homeless and at-risk pets, including:
ARF SEPA volunteers routinely staff a booth at educational outreach events throughout the area. At least once per week, ARF SEPA has a booth at an area pet supply store, and we also staff booths at other pet-friendly retail locations. Additionally, ARF SEPA has booths at area community sidewalk events and fairs throughout the year. These outreach events let the public learn about ARF SEPA and meet the fantastic pets we have up for adoption. The public can also learn about spay/neuter issues as well as pet care, training, and other ways to be a fantastic “person” for their pets.
Another important volunteer area is the ARF SEPA Intake Team. These teams patrol public shelters that must use euthanasia due to overcrowding. Intake Team members look for adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits that are looking for second chance at a loving home. After screening potential ARF SEPA foster pets, the intake team transports pets to a participating veterinarian for a thorough check-up, vaccinations and testing, plus any other needed veterinary care. After the vet visit, Intake Team volunteers transport pets to an available ARF SEPA foster home, where the pets reside until adopted into a permanent, loving home. Intake Team members are also trained on Canine Temperament Testing and work directly with either cats, dogs or rabbits (or all of the above).
ARF SEPA also sponsors mobile spay/neuter clinics throughout the year. These clinics roll right into areas that need to spay/neuter the most, because their zip code has the highest number of strays turned into public shelters by animal control. Often, residents of these areas either do not have the financial means to pay for spay/neuter surgeries, or they do not have transportation to a veterinarian. ARF SEPA solves both issues by bringing the mobile van directly into their neighborhood, and charging a very low fee for spay/neuter. The goal of the clinic is to reduce the number of unplanned, unwanted pet births and reduce the number of pets that end up at public shelters to begin with. ARF SEPA volunteers staff the mobile spay/neuter van, assist the veterinarian and vet techs in the clinic, and also assist the public by counseling pet parents and tracking their pets on clinic day.
ARF SEPA volunteers also help in other ways. Some volunteers serve as adoption counselors, screening potential adopters and doing pre- and post-adoption reference checks and home visits. Other volunteers work on fundraising events and human education projects. Other volunteers answer phone calls and write articles for ARF SEPA newsletters and brochures. Some people do a little bit of everything, and there’s a little something for everyone to do at the Animal Rescue Foundation of SE PA! Check out our volunteer application for a complete list of ARF SEPA volunteer activities. You can print out the form and fax it to ARF SEPA at (610)994-4334.