1.

Wear flip-flops, sandals, open toe shoes, high heels etc. Volunteers wearing inappropriate footwear will be asked to leave. This is for your safety.

2.

Wear pants or skirts that touch the ground/floor. They can create serious health hazards throughout the facility by spreading contaminants. They can also be a tripping hazard.

3.

Wear overly "revealing" clothing, clothing with inappropriate or offensive graphics or wording on them, or "lounging" pants/tops (pajama bottoms/tops). Volunteers are representatives of the shelter.

4.

Wear clothing that is too loose and flowing. This can be a safety hazard for you as there are any number of objects in the facility that can "catch" clothing.

5.

Wear jewelry that is loose or "dangly", again, for safety concerns. Also, jewelry
worn on the hands and wrists can be a form of cross-contamination.

6.

If you have body art (tattoos) that have the potential to offend others, they must be completely covered any time you are at the shelter, a shelter-sponsored event or when representing BCHS.

7.

Wear jewelry in piercings such as lips or nose that can easily be "snagged" by an animal and/or equipment.

8.

Come to the shelter just to kill time. We all love to visit with each other but the animals should always be our primary focus. They need all of us and the work needs to be accomplished first.

Please Don't

Please Do

1.

Let us know if you cannot make a scheduled volunteer time, if possible before your scheduled date. We schedule volunteers around each others commitments.

2.

Observe all signage, especially "STAFF ONLY" signs. These signs, used for  various reasons, are generally for your safety and the safety of the animals.
Volunteers ignoring these signs will be asked to leave the facility immediately.

3.

Let a staff person know if you are uncomfortable handling a specific animal or cannot perform an assigned task due to health concerns (allergies etc.) or physical abilities. We will be glad to help or find another task for you.

4.

Ask questions if you're not sure what is expected or do not understand  directions. We are here to help you help us!

5.

Remember any volunteer treating an animal, another volunteer, a staff person, client or any other person on BCHS property or events sponsored by or attended by BCHS with disrespect or cruelty in any manner, will be asked to leave immediately.

6.

Either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer in between each cage/kennel, even when wearing gloves. This is for the animals' protection!

8.

Remember that we are very grateful to have you! We are well aware that we cannot and do not accomplish 
everything without the help of our wonderful volunteers!

Volunteer Guidelines