Volunteering

VOLUNTEERING FOR THE DOGS’ HOMES OF TASMANIA

Volunteers are an important part of being able to achieve successful adoption outcomes for the dogs in our care, and provide the enrichment, stimulation and exercise our dogs need to remain healthy and happy whilst they wait for their permanent homes.

There are many ways you can assist us as a Volunteer:

  • Dog Walking
  • Grooming (for example, washing, brushing)
  • Gardening, general cleaning/maintenance, assisting at fundraisers.

If you can assist with Button Day Collection, please refer to Button Day Volunteering

Requirements for all volunteers

  • Completed Volunteer Application Form
  • Current tetanus cover.
  • Purchase and wear a Volunteer safety vest. Vests are available for purchase at each Home at a cost of $15.
  • Volunteers aged 18 years or older must provide a National Police Certificate or Working with Vulnerable People Registration. (See below under Application Requirements for further information.)

Requirements for Dog Walkers:

Dog walkers need to be physically fit and able to walk and control dogs including larger and untrained dogs. Volunteers must also be prepared to take direction from staff and commit regularly to the role and to the welfare of the dogs.

If you require the assistance of a support person when walking the dogs, that person must also provide a Volunteer Application Form and either a National Police Certificate or Working with Vulnerable People Registration and attend an induction with you and must accompany you each time you volunteer.

 

Dog Walking Hours
Dog walking volunteers are welcome between 9am and 3pm each day. Dog walking on Public Holidays is during opening hours only.

Volunteer Induction

To become a Volunteer, you must attend a Volunteer Induction. Inductions are held in each Home on weekends on a regular basis.  There is no cost to attend.

The induction will include a site orientation, workplace health and safety, safe behaviour around dogs and volunteer rights and responsibilities. In addition, dog walking volunteers will learn to put a harness on a dog correctly, safe walking and dog handling, and basic dog behaviour training.

The dog walking induction will include a walk along the main dog-walking track with a dog. The tracks are located around the Homes and there are uneven surfaces, dirt roads/paths, hills and sometimes slippery conditions.  A good level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes are required.

Age Requirements for all Volunteers:

  • Young people aged 13-15 years inclusive are able to Volunteer and attend the Volunteer Induction; however, a responsible adult must attend the Induction and every visit with the 13–15 year old.
  • Young people aged 13-15 years inclusive are able to walk the dogs, but a responsible adult must be in control of the dogs at all times, with the 13-15 year old walking along side or, at the discretion of the Supervisor on duty, walking the dog with a double lead. The responsible adult must also provide a Volunteer Application Form and either a National Police Certificate or Working with Vulnerable People Registration and attend an induction with the 13-15 year old and must accompany them each time they volunteer.
  • Young people at least 16 years of age are able to attend the Dog Walking Induction and walk the dogs without the need for a responsible adult.

How To Apply
To register your interest, please download a Volunteer Application Form from the following Volunteer Application 2019  or collect one from your closest Dogs’ Home.

Please return the completed form to volunteering@dhot.com.au, post it to PO Box 7 LINDISFARNE TAS 7015 or drop it off at your closest Dogs’ Home.

Application requirements

If you are 18 years of age or older, as part of your Application, a copy of one of the following must be provided:

  1. National Police Certificate OR
  2. Working with Vulnerable People Registration

If you do not already have a National Police Certificate, upon receipt of your Application, we will email the appropriate form to you for completion and forwarding to Tasmania Police for assessment.  PLEASE NOTE – this is the only form that Tasmania Police will accept to attract the Volunteer rate of $5.  Please provide a copy of the returned Certificate or a copy of your Working with Vulnerable People Registration Card to volunteering@dhot.com.au

When we have received both your Volunteer Application Form and a copy of either a National Police Certificate or Working with Vulnerable People Registration, we will email you an invitation to attend the next available Volunteer Induction.

 

 



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