• To keep you and our animal friends safe, here are a few things that you should be aware of before volunteering:
  • You must be at least 10 years of age to volunteer.
  • You must be at least 12 years of age to volunteer with the horses.
  • Children under 14 cannot walk dogs by themselves.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for volunteering.
  • Long pants are strongly recommended for volunteering.
  • Parking and driving are permitted only in designated areas.
  • It is very important to latch all gates closed when entering or leaving an animal area.
  • Please be aware that dogs like to jump up on people, which could cause or worsen injuries.
  • Please avoid any work or activity that might cause or exacerbate back, knee, or other pain; physical injuries or limitations; or allergies. Please consult with your doctor about precautions for your particular condition.
  • If you see a dog fight starting, blow your whistle until a staff member arrives. Please don’t try to break up a fight yourself.
  • Trails are for walking only; running with the dogs is not allowed.
  • While we welcome your questions about our dog-training procedures, we ask that you please refrain from trying to train them on your own.
  • Please do not bring your personal pets to Pets Return Home without previous arrangements.
  • Riding horses is not an option for volunteers.
  • You cannot volunteer with the horses if you are suffering from a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection.
  • If you have equines, goats, or sheep at home, please bring clothes and shoes with you that have not been worn around your animals at home.
  • Please wear clothing appropriate for working outside in all types of weather including rain, snow, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Never enter an area containing an animal without permission.
  • Never approach an animal without checking with a staff member first.
  • Never run up to or approach an animal in a quick manner.
  • Don’t feed the animals treats without prior approval; some of the animals are on special diets or can be food-aggressive.
  • Do not place your face in harm’s way. If you put your face too close to an animal, he/she may turn or jump quickly, causing injuries.