All new volunteers must complete a volunteer orientation before they may begin.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is happy to announce that we are offering new opportunities to our volunteers including:
Orientations will be held on the second Sunday of every month at 12pm in our Education Room during our winter hours. We will provide more information about the above opportunities as well as our guidelines and rules. We require volunteers to attend an orientation before beginning any and all volunteer duties. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and waiver. Registration for volunteering opens up on the 1st of every month at 10am on our website. Space is limited to the first 30 volunteers who register. We ask that all volunteers make a commitment of at least 4 hours per month.
All volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a volunteer release waiver and have a copy of their photo ID made upon their first visit to the shelter. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a minor release waiver completed by a parent or legal guardian and must always be accompanied by an adult. Waivers must be updated every year. Volunteers under the age of 18 cannot handle animals without a parent or guardian present.
Walking shelter animals is a favorite activity of many ARL volunteers. In addition to giving shelter animals the opportunity to exercise outdoors, volunteers also get to enjoy the added pleasure of walking on the bucolic, 10-acre shelter grounds in Cumru Township. A modern barn is nearby to shelter abandoned or abused horses, ponies, chickens, pigs, and other farm animals. A popular resting spot for dog walkers is our attractive gazebo surrounded by seasonal plants and flowers.
Volunteers are always welcome at the Animal Rescue League. As with many non-profits, volunteers are the backbone of our shelter. We have so many opportunities for you to use your particular talent to help the animals. Whatever volunteer time and talents you can give the shelter are greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions in regards to our volunteer policies or are interested in volunteering in any aspect here at our shelter, please contact Hope Poliansky, Outreach Coordinator at (610) 373-8830 x120 or via email at HPoliansky@BerksARL.org. We look forward to seeing your around the Animal Rescue League soon!
“I literally feel like the shelter gave me a purpose and passion that I never had or wanted.” Allyson, Welcoming Committee Volunteer