Volunteering is a great way to help out the community, hang out with animals, meet new people all in just a few hours!
We are in need of a wide variety of volunteer duties.
- Morning and evening Kennel and Cat room cleaning and feeding of animals
- Walking Dogs
- Offsite – Event assistant (we have many outreach events!)
- Foster Home
- Office/Retail Store
More details for each job are located here.
Volunteers must be 18. We require a commitment of one shift per week.
Shari Hanson grew up in Aloha, attending Aloha HS and Portland Community College. For the past 7 years, she has owned and operated Shari’s Pet Sitting in Sherwood. Animals are her passion and purpose in life.
Shari Hanson has been volunteering at Newberg Animal Shelter for 2 years. She has been following the shelter since it was at the old location. Once construction began on the new shelter, she knew the shelter would need volunteers and that the new facility would be more equipped to handle volunteers. She volunteers at NAS because she wants to give the dogs some exercise and love. It makes her feel better mentally and physically. If she is feeling down, she forgets all about it when she is with the dogs. She loves the cats just as much as the dogs, but enjoys being able to get outside with the dogs for some fresh air.
Shari enjoys volunteering at Newberg Animal Shelter because it is a relaxed atmosphere. Since it is a smaller shelter, she gets to know the animals, other volunteers, and staff. Also, since it is a no-kill shelter, the atmosphere feels hopeful.
One of Shari’s favorite experiences was working with a pit-mix who was stressed and reactive while she was in her kennel. She turned out to be a bit lovey mush-ball when they were out in the backyard. She loved lounging on her back while she got her belly rubbed. She was adopted into a loving home. Her new family sent pictures of her lounging between their kids, belly up, enjoying all of the affection.
Shari also enjoys taking dogs off-site to walk around the golf course or go through the drive-thru at Burgerville for an ice-cream treat. She loves to see them so excited!
Shari likes everyone she has met at the shelter. She is impressed by the volunteers who have been so dedicated to the shelter for years. Recently, a newer volunteer paid the adoption fee of a dog we could no longer keep at the shelter due to behavior issues. She paid his adoption fee anyway saying “He wasn’t leaving this shelter without being adopted.” The other volunteer’s loving gesture inspired Shari to look at things a little differently.
When Shari is not volunteering at the shelter, she spends her time pet sitting, walking her dog Kiwi (whom she adopted from NAS), doing yard work, or working on an art project. Shari is an accomplished artist. She says portrait drawing always seems like a magic trick. You will often find one of Shari’s beautiful pieces of art available for sale in the shelter store.
Someday, Shari would like to do some traveling. She is obsessed with India. She loves the bright colors and the cuisine. She would also like to go on a few road trips through the Southwest and Midwest. She is not so much interested in landmarks or tourist attractions. Rather, she likes to people watch and to visit areas where the locals are to experience their culture.