Without volunteers to rely on, it would be IMPOSSIBLE for Canine Cupids to fulfill its mission. As busy as life can be, it can seem hard to find the time to volunteer. However, Keep in mind, volunteering has been shown to deliver benefits such as improved social skills, social recognition, higher self-esteem and better health.

Commitment Policy
Volunteers have an initial commitment of one year and are requested to participate in a
minimum of 20 hours per year at fundraising events.

Requirements For Adult Volunteers

  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must possess a sincere desire to help others and provide service to the dogs in the care of Canine Cupids current and in the future.
  • Provide references (non-family).
  • Ability to walk unaided on unpaved, uneven, rugged and sometimes muddy and slippery terrain.
  • Ability to bend and squat in order to leash/harness and pick up an animal.
  • Ability to stand for significant periods of time.
  • Average vision (with or without correction) to move safely around dogs at events (both Foster and public owned), to be able to observe animal body language without difficulty, and to be able to assess risks to dog in your care while at public events.
  • Ability to hear if animal is growling or making sounds indicating fear or pain.
  • Ability to speak and effectively communicate with others.
  • Must not have strong allergies to animals or to chemicals, such as those used in grooming or cleaning, that can’t be managed by medication.
  • No known concerns about tolerating exposure to zoonotic diseases such as ringworm and mange.
  • Ability to understand, remember and follow instructions and procedures.
  • Possess problem-solving capability and an ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to be aware of potentially dangerous situations when working with animals; ability to remain calm with animals who are upset, behave sensitively and confidently, and show good judgment and act appropriately in these situations.
  • Ability to receive, incorporate, and sustain instruction and feedback.
  • Be comfortable being in groups of people to talk to and promote Canine Cupid’s and our mission.
  • Abide by all Canine Cupids policies outlined in our Team Agreement and Expectations. This is a form you will receive and sign once you are an approved volunteer.
  • Sign and accept the terms of our Volunteer Waiver of Liability.