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Welcome to the BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions Volunteer Program!  Being a volunteer is extremely rewarding, educational and fun.  You can have a significant positive impact on the lives of homeless animals.  Walking a dog, cuddling a cat, giving a treat or blanket or giving a simple pat on the head will touch your heart and bring you back for more.  It’s especially rewarding to see how the animals respond immediately to the love they receive while they are at the shelter. 

As a result of the volunteer program, dogs get walked regularly and cats are more socialized.  Animals get placed in foster homes when they are too young to adopt or need to recuperate from injury or illness; or just need a little more socialization.   Most importantly, because of volunteers, many dogs’ and cats’ lives are saved.  The BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions Volunteer Program was created for the animals.

Since your support as a volunteer is extremely important, your decision to participate must be made with the full understanding of the commitment and responsibility it demands.  The BARC Volunteer Handbook has been prepared for you as a reference guide.  It contains information regarding our policies & procedures, tools for dealing with the public and how to safely handle shelter animals.  Please read it carefully so you will be well equipped to answer questions knowledgeably and to provide quality care to the animals at the shelter.

Thank you for giving your time and energy to the animals at BARC.  We hope that the time you spend here will be as rewarding to you as it is beneficial to the animals you help.