Volunteer Positions

Please volunteer. Without the support of people like you Dog Orphans would not exist!


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Volunteer Application (pdf)

We now have orientation dates scheduled EACH MONTH on the FIRST & THIRD SATURDAY of the month at 1 pm. Orientation takes about 30 minutes. Please email or call us for an appointment. Looking forward to meeting you!

Volunteers Needed!!! Our volunteer program is a vital part of our organization. Without your help Dog Orphans would not be able to continue. At this time we need caring individuals for the following volunteer positions:

Kennel Help
Duties at the kennel include:

  • Cleaning kennels inside/out and feeding/watering;
  • This is done every morning from 8:30 am to about 11 am.
  • Only after the dogs are fed and kennels are cleaned can volunteers walk, play and bathe the dogs.
  • If volunteers are interested in only walking the dogs we ask them to please come after 11 am as to not get in the way of cleaning and feeding.
  • From 4 pm to 5 pm is closing down, which consists of making sure dogs waters are full, they have blankets and/or cages are newspapered, any and all messes are cleaned up.
  • There is also laundry, yard maintenance, and general house cleaning that needs to be done on a regular basis.

*Volunteers must first fill out a short application/release and have it signed by a parent/guardian if under the age of 18. You must be at least 14 to volunteer

*In the past we allowed individuals under 14 to come and volunteer while being accompanied by a parent, but do to liability issues, the Board of Directors has put forth that volunteers must be at least 14 with or without the presence of a parent/guardian.

Volunteers must comply with rules set forth by shelter personnel, failure to do so will result in expulsion of the volunteer. Safety of the volunteer and our orphans is our #1 priority.

Please feel free to stop in and inquire about volunteering anytime during our hours of operation.

Press Contacts: We’re always looking for new ways to spread the message of saving unwanted and stray dogs. If you have any contacts that are favorable to animal issues please let us know.

Fundraisers: Coordinate and participate in various events such as Pet Photos with Santa, Wine and Chocolate Tasting, Walk for Paws, and other annual fund-raisers.

Grant Writing: Dog Orphans is currently looking to apply for grants for our low-income spay/neuter clinic! If you or someone you know is knowledgeable about grant writing or is indeed a grant writer, we could really use your help!

Board of Directors Needed! Dog Orphans is seeking individuals interested in applying for a volunteer Board of Directors position for its non-profit, 501(c)-3 organization. We are encouraging individuals with business and fund-raising experience to apply in order to diversify, and support the knowledge and skills of the organization and our current, very active board.

The Board of Directors sets policy for the organization which includes decisions about fund-raising, developing new programs and projects, administrative policy regarding the kennel operations and much more. Dog Orphans is a no-kill humane shelter located in Douglas, MA, dedicated to the re-homing of more than 200 dogs per year.

Dog Orphans has been in existence and self-sufficient through contributions and benevolence for more than 25 years. Some of the dogs given up for adoption have been chosen for service jobs including support to the police, the hearing impaired, and Therapy Dogs.

The Board meets once per month on the second  Monday of every month currently in Uxbridge and usually requires a commitment of the evening, plus time outside of the meeting to review and consider pending issues. The organization sponsors 5-6 major fundraisers per year.

To register your interest, please send a letter of interest to Dog Orphans, Inc. “Board Search”, c/o Dog Orphans, P.O. Box 767, Douglas, MA 01516.

Please indicate any previous experience working on a non-profit board, business and/or professional experience if applicable, also any other skills or experience you feel we should know about. Please include some information about why you might be interested in working on behalf of a dog humane organization.