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Teen Volunteers Rock! Here at the Front Street Animal Shelter, we value and appreciate our teen volunteers.  Teens bring dedication, passion, creativity, and energy to our volunteer program.  Some teens volunteer for a short time to complete a school project, and others volunteer year-round.  The first step in joining our teen program is to attend an orientation and Shelter Basics class.  All volunteers under the age of 16 must have their parent or guardian attend orientation and Shelter Basics and plan to volunteer with them!  Parents must also complete a volunteer application and sign up for the orientation.  Click here to sign up for an orientation.

Please note:  If you are volunteering to complete school required community service, you are solely responsible for completing your hours in a timely manner.  The Front Street Animal Shelter cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete all of your required hours here at the shelter within your school's time-frame. We encourage you to sign up early to get a head start on your hours - last minute requests for hours will not be accommodated.

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Teens age 12-15:

Teens age 12-15 can volunteer in the following ways:

  • Volunteer with an adult partner.  Adult partner volunteers must also complete a volunteer profile, orientation, and Shelter Basics classes.  Adult partner volunteers must be either the parent or guardian of the teen OR approved by the teen's parent or guardian.  Teens and their adult partners can do almost everything that any regular member of the volunteer team can do and can sign up for any shift that meets their schedule and qualifications.  Some activities are not appropriate for all ages and may have an age restriction.  
  • We do offer a Saturday Teen Program intermittently.  If there is space available, teens age 12-15 may attend this program without a parent accompanying them.  However, we are not always able to offer this program, and space is limited.  If you are volunteering to complete a school project, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to do so with the Saturday Teen Program!

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Teens age 16-17:

Teens age 16-17 can volunteer in the following ways:

  • Volunteers age 16-17 may volunteer independently.  They do not need adult partners.  However, these teens are held to the same expectations of adult volunteers.  Please complete your volunteer profile here and sign up for an orientation date!
  • Need to complete your senior project?  We welcome our high school seniors!  Here is what you will need to do:
    1. Please download the senior project application here.  Complete and return your project application during your project meeting.
    2. Complete your volunteer profile online
    3. Once you have completed your senior project application AND your volunteer profile, please sign up for a Meet with Janice appointment through your volunteer profile in order to schedule a project meeting.
    4. Please note:  We are only able to accept senior project applications between September 1st and March 15th.  Please get the application process started before March 15th or you will need to complete your project with another organization.  

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Children younger than 12:

Children younger than 12 may not volunteer here at the shelter, but there are still lots of ways to help shelter animals!  Some of these are:

  • Host a donation drive!  We need pet food for our pet food pantry, blankets for our kennels, and newspapers.  Donation drives can be held at school or in your neighborhood.  Every little bit helps to save lives! Click here for our wish list!
  • Make dog treat bags!  Our dog-training volunteers work very hard to help our dogs learn behaviors that will help them get adopted.  The best motivator for our dogs is treats!  Simply cutting up hot dogs or cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and putting them in Ziploc bags will help.
  • Make cat mats!  Are you crafty?  Then you can help our cats sleep in comfort.  Simply sewing two 20inch squares of fleece together with batting in the middle creates comfy cat mats that make our kitties purrrr.