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If you've ever wanted to volunteer to help homeless animals here is your chance.

The Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center is now taking applications for volunteers and orientation is tomorrow.

What does it mean to be a DOCPAC volunteer?

Being a DOCPAC volunteer is extremely rewarding, educational, exciting, and fun. Volunteers make a huge impact on the lives of the homeless animals that enter the DOCPAC shelter daily.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers do a little bit of everything, but at the end of the day, it's all about showing these animals that they are loved! From cat cuddling to dog walking, volunteers help make a difference, one paw at a time!

If you are interested here is what you need to know.

ALL volunteers attend DOCPAC's Volunteer Orientation Class prior to volunteering at the shelter. Tomorrow, June 5th is the next orientation so call now to register.

This class is a basic training session on safe animal handling procedures and protocols at DOCPAC. If you are under the age of 16, you must be accompanied by an adult at all times during your volunteer hours. The adult(s) who will be accompanying the child must take our Volunteer Orientation Class. A strict ratio of one adult to every two minors will be enforced. Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Space is limited.  Call us at 361-575-8573 or email volunteers@docpac.net to reserve your orientation spot.

You can submit a registration form online or in-person at the shelter.

To attend Volunteer Orientation you need the following;

• Submit a Volunteer Application, signed by a parent or guardian if applicable
• Pay a one-time administrative fee of $25.00 to help us cover the cost of our volunteer program, which includes one t-shirt and orientation materials. Fees are non-refundable. If you are supervising a child, the fee is waived and a t-shirt can be purchased separately.

Click the following for more information and Volunteer Application: http://docpac.net/get-involved/volunteer/

To attend this class, you MUST call us at 361-575-8573 or email volunteers@docpac.net to reserve your orientation spot.

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