How to become a PHSGA Volunteer:
To volunteer at PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, you must be at least 14 years old. Minors under 16 must volunteer with a parent or guardian at all times.
Filling out a volunteer application is the first step to becoming a PHSGA volunteer. The easy to use online application automatically imports a volunteer profile into our system. Click here to fill out the volunteer application.
All PHSGA volunteers must view the general volunteer orientation. The orientation is a presentation that is viewed online from home and includes general information on PHSGA and the volunteer program. This part of the orientation process is meant to give information on who we are and what we do and to allow prospective volunteers to determine if PHSGA is the right organization for them. Information on viewing this presentation is sent after the application is submitted.
The purpose of the interview is to determine a volunteer's goals for volunteering. We also use the interview to best place volunteers on the schedule. The interview consists of several questions that are asked during the general orientation session. After these questions are reviewed, we may call you in for an onsite interview with the volunteer coordinator. We may deny an applicant during this stage in the process.
This portion of the orientation process is the final step in the volunteer process. This part consists of a tour of the facility, and training for volunteer assignments. We consider volunteers who register for this portion dedicated to the program. The training session usually lasts an hour and a half, but may be as long as two and a half hours. Training Sessions are held once per month on either a Saturday (11am) or a Thursday (6pm). Exact dates and times are shown below.
We charge a non-refundable $15 orientation fee that reserves a place in the training session. The required volunteer t-shirt and name badge are included at no extra charge. Registration and payment for this fee can be handled online, over the phone with our volunteer coordinator, or in our shelter at any time prior to the orientation date. Information on registering for the part is sent once the volunteers application is approved.
Volunteers are scheduled into at least one shift on a week-to-week basis. Schedule placement is determined by the volunteer's availability and goals. Volunteers commit to serving their scheduled shift for at least three months. Volunteers are able to call off (with proper notice), but excessive unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the program. Volunteers who call off are rescheduled for a different day or time. Scheduled volunteers are able to volunteer at any time from 7:30am until 8:30pm in addition to their regularly scheduled shift.
If a volunteer isn't able to make an ongoing scheduling commitment, we do have an alternative requirement. For volunteers who "opt out" of scheduling, we place them on a substitute list. If a volunteer calls off, volunteers from the substitute list will be called upon to fill in. As substitutes, volunteers will need to cover at least one shift per month, or serve the equivalent of one shift (2 hours) each month.
All volunteers must commit to serve for at least three months. Any lapse in service during a quarter will result in dismissal from the volunteer program.
We respect your time and skills and strive to make your experience with us productive and rewarding. Although we require a time commitment, we encourage regular participation and value dependability in all our volunteers.
For more information on our volunteer program, contact us at (330) 487-0333.
*You must submit an application and register before attending orientation.
"You'll get to experience the joy of adoptions, a puppy's first bath, the joy of a fresh grooming, the sparkle in a child's eye when they find the pet of their choice, and the memories go on. Not only that, but you get to hang out with a fun group of people who share the same interest as you. What could be better than that?!"
- Christina, PHSGA Volunteer