At the MCHS Adoption Center at the end of Summers Lane east of Fort Bragg, the core of our work takes place. Animals are received, quarantined, treated as necessary, booked into database, chipped, and then given the happiest temporary home possible -- while ours is a happy shelter, it's still not the forever home (we hope) these animals deserve.
Your support, and the generosity of friends near and far, makes it possible for us to be the best kind of shelter: a no-kill shelter.
The folks who work at our Adoption Center, and our many volunteers, make this a fun place to be, and we welcome you to come and visit. We know you will be captivated by the animals, who will also be pleased to see you. If you can make it part of your weekly regimen, join our volunteer staff who walk our dogs, socialize with our cats, and help out at our Ark Thrift Store.
If there's room in your home, and in your heart, for a pet, here's the place to rescue a fine animal.
Adoption Center Volunteers
Volunteers are critical to the work of MCHS. Our volunteers make a big difference in the lives of the animals while they are at the shelter and in finding them forever homes.
Benefits of Volunteering at MCHS:
- Making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.
- Meeting other animal lovers and being part of an animal loving network.
- Learning New Skills or polishing old ones.
- Last, but not least, lots of tail wags and kisses from your 4 legged friends.
How to Become a Volunteer:
All prospective volunteers must fill out an online application at mendocinohumane.org. Then our volunteer coordinator will schedule a volunteer orientation with you. At your orientation, you will sign a liability release. After orientation, you will be able to volunteer with the cats and dogs.
- Cat Socializer (including Playing and Petting) and Groomer (Brushing)
- Dog Walker, Trainer, Groomer (Brushing and Bathing)
- Front Desk Volunteer - answer phones, help potential adopters and other volunteers
- Gardening and Grounds Maintenance
- Handyman and Building Maintenance and Repair
- Other Specialized Talents that could be of use to the shelter, such as Mechanic, Electrician, Plumber, Photographer, etc
What we ask of our Volunteers:
- Please take your volunteer commitment seriously. Animals are depending on you.
- Commit to volunteer at least 5 hours per month.
- Conduct yourself in a professional manner inside and outside of the shelter.
- Ask the staff for assistance if you are unsure or need help.
- It is easy to spread illness in the shelter, so please follow the rules.
- If you see a problem with an animal, please let the staff know.
- Please wash your hands often.
Adoption Center Guidelines:
- Volunteer Hours are 12-5 Monday through Saturday.
- Sign In and Out at the Volunteer Book at the Front Desk
- Volunteers can only work with animals that are available for adoption. All animals have signage on their kennels indicating whether they are available for adoption.
- If you are unsure about whether you are allowed to work with a particular animal, please ask at the front desk.
- If you are walking a dog, please indicate which dog you have walked on the Dog Walking Summary - this will also tell you which dogs really need a walk
- Volunteers are NOT allowed in Isolation Areas and Vet Clinic, these areas are clearly marked.
- Close doors behind you before entering any area
- Do not climb on anything
Volunteering for Kids:
Good idea! Kids and pets alike love this opportunity.
- Kids under 18 must attend Volunteer Orientation with a parent
- Kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent when volunteering.