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Each year, FOTAS helps the Shelter care for over 7,000 lost, abandoned, and stray pets. Here are some examples of how you can make a difference in the lives of these animals.
Volunteer to walk dogs that are waiting for a family to give them good home. Daily walks provide dogs with mental stimulation, socialization, exercise, training, and the opportunity to relieve themselves outside of the kennels. It is rewarding to see how enthusiastically the dogs respond to their walker companions and how calm and well behaved they are when perspective adopters come to visit.
Volunteer to spend time petting and grooming cats that are waiting to be adopted. Daily attention and tender loving care helps to keep cats friendly and relieves the stress from living in a cage. Cat volunteers help the cats look and feel better, which helps them get adopted.
Strike at the root of the animal-welfare and over-population problems in our area by educating our community. Your time and energy can help foster a sense of empathy for pets and other animals through classrooms activities, information booths, pet-adoption flyers, media outreach, and other programs.
Lend a helping hand at fun community-outreach events such as the Puss 'n Boots Costume Ball and Silent Auction, parades, fairs, and our annual Ashland and Medford dog washes. Check out our news page to find out more about upcoming events.
Volunteer to help raise funds to support FOTAS' lifesaving programs and services. Volunteers help at fundraising events, help mail out our newsletter, write thank-you cards, and much more.
Some volunteer opportunities do not involve working hands-on with the animals. We always need volunteers with clerical, reception, and secretarial skills to assist with office duties, answering phones, and special projects.
Help pets find new homes by answering potential adopters' questions at the Shelter and offsite adoption events. Adoption counseling can be one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities because you help potential adopters find a pet that matches their personality and lifestyle, thus ensuring the pet has a permanent, loving home.
and lots more!
There are many more ways you can help save homeless pets. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator for an application (below).
At age 10, young volunteers can start with handling cats; at age 13 they can start volunteering with dogs. All volunteers under age 18 need to have a parent with them whenever they volunteer at the Shelter.
how to become a volunteer
Step 1: Click here to open and print the FOTAS Volunteer Application; or email your name, address, telephone number, and area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org; or, leave a message at 541.944.2021 and our volunteer coordinator will send you an application.
Step 2: After you have completed the application, mail it to FOTAS, PO Box 92, Ashland, OR 97520; or drop it off at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.
Step 3: When all application materials have been received, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule an orientation and training session.