Types of Volunteer Jobs


Do you enjoy helping dogs?  Hood River’s Adopt A Dog program is always in need of volunteers.

Volunteer Application

img_0309-copyYou can work at the dog shelter in Odell exercising and socializing dogs Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 7 PM or Saturday/Sunday 8:30 – 10 AM and 5:30 – 7 PM. Volunteer as little or as much as you’d like. We provide an orientation, training and the opportunity to work with a great group of volunteers and lots of different dogs!

If you don’t want to work directly with the dogs we have many other volunteer opportunities like fundraising, office/admin work, shelter improvement projects, or grant research. The list is never ending.

To become a volunteer, you must first fill out the Volunteer application form and either email it to hoodriveradoptadog@gmail.com, or mail it to Volunteer Coordinator, Adopt A Dog Inc. c/o Hukari Animal Shelter 3910 Heron Drive, Hood River, OR 97031, or you can also drop it by the shelter.

After receiving your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule your volunteer orientation. If you have any questions please email our Volunteer Coordinator at hoodriveradoptadog@gmail.com.

Hood River County Sheriff’s office may complete a background check on all volunteers.

As you complete different training levels, your opportunity for working in different capacities at the shelter will expand. We always want to ensure a safe working environment for you and make sure you are working in a capacity that is comfortable for you. There is on going training for which relates to specific jobs at the shelter.

Shelter Volunteer Jobs

  • Dog handlers at the shelter (exercise and socialize)

  • Shelter supervisors and volunteer trainers

  • Office/administrative staff on site and from home

  • Dog photographers
  • Writers for dog descriptions and bios

  • Adoption counselors

  • Data entry and researchers

  • Behavior assessment of dog

Volunteer from Home Jobs

  • Callers to follow up on adoptions

  • Foster care providers

  • Counselors to help locate new homes for dogs

  • Grant researchers and writers

  • Distribution of weekly adoption flyers

  • General marketers

  • Web site managers

  • Planners for fundraising events

Occasional Volunteer Jobs

  • Assistants for special events helping with all aspects

  • Shelter supervisors and volunteer trainers

  • Assistants for off-site adoptions

  • Dog transporters

Volunteer Orientation and Orientation Dates

We try to have consistent dates for orientations but we understand how busy everyone is so the dates/times below can be adjusted to suit your schedule.

Orientation and training is held at the shelter one evening during the week from 6-7 P.M. and/or one weekend evening from 6-7 pm. Orientations are offered two or three times a month and are limited to six participants. Call the Shelter at 541-354-1083 or email Sherry Bohn sbohn.hraad@gmail.com to verify the date or schedule an appointment.