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.
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Crystal Case with one of her dogs, Widget, who she adopted from Newberg Animal Shelter. Photo by volunteer Michelle Alaimo
Crystal has been a volunteer for Newberg Animal Shelter since 2008 when she moved to Newberg. She volunteered at the old shelter building, cleaning on weekends and started fostering kittens because the old shelter had no space for kittens. She started the shelter website, Facebook page and taking photos of the animals for Petfinder. She was one of the handful of volunteers that kept the shelter running during the transition of the city giving Newberg Animal Shelter Friends (NASF) operations of the shelter until NASF was able to hire staff.
She currently wears many hats at Newberg Animal Shelter. She is a member of the Board of Directors; volunteers for shifts at the shelter; is on the Operations Team; is on the Events Committee; continues to maintain the shelter website, Facebook page and social media accounts; fosters special needs kittens; is the pet photographer for the shelter. Just to name a few things that keep her busy.
She has a full time job as software developer for an insurance company. She is married and has two children, 6 & 8. They have 3 cats, 2 dogs and 6 chickens. When she is not with her family, working, or doing something for the shelter she likes going on outdoor adventures in Oregon.
Her experiences at the shelter have changed a lot in the last five years with moving into the new shelter building and losing the city dog control program. She is continually amazed at the dedication of the volunteers in working together to care for all the homeless animals that come through the shelter.
She would like to let anyone know who thinks that it’s too sad and difficult to volunteer at an animal shelter, that it’s really not like that. We do fall in love with some of the pets and are invested in their future, but the excitement the volunteers feel when hearing about their favorite dog or cat in its new home gives more happiness and no sadness. It feels pretty amazing to walk away from the shelter empty handed after a shift knowing that the animals in our care are getting the best care they can while waiting for their new homes.
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