Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Blue Ridge Humane Society. We are a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for homeless, injured, and abused animals awaiting adoption. It takes a whole lot of time, people, resources, and love to keep an animal shelter running. Blue Ridge Humane Society is always looking for help from people like you. Without your support, we would not be able to fulfill our mission on a daily basis.


Currently, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting new volunteers. Many of our volunteer activities are changing and adapting and we are not able to provide an adequate orientation to cover all these changes at the moment. Anyone who fills out an application prior to re-starting our orientation will be contacted with orientation dates when we resume! Thank you so much for your patience and if you have any questions, please reach out to Natalie at volunteer@blueridgehumane.org


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Contact Information


Demographic Information


Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency whom should we notify?



Availability

Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.



Orientation

Please select ONE general volunteer information session from the list below. ALL orientations are held at our Adoption Center at 88 Centipede Way in Hendersonville. If you are unable to attend either session, please contact volunteer@blueridgehumane.org.


*Please Note: Our General Orientation is required for BOTH Shelter AND Thrift Store volunteers.



Skills & Experience

Please list any skills and experience you may have.



Email

Use the boxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.



Volunteer Information Center (VIC)

We use an online Volunteer Information Center or VIC. VIC allows you to post your volunteer hours, schedule yourself for volunteer openings, and view/edit your contact information. Please select the password you would like to use to access the online Volunteer Information Center (VIC). Be sure to take note of this password for later use.



I Agree

I understand that the handling of animals and other volunteer activities on behalf of the Blue Ridge Humane Society may place me in a hazardous situation and could result in injury to me or my personal property. I release Blue Ridge Humane Society Inc., Animal Adoption and Rescue Center and all of its employees, agents, and board members, from liability of any nature, whether or not the basis of such liability is presently known to either party. It is understood by the parties to this agreement that I/we will not bring suit or any claims against Blue Ridge Humane Society Inc., Animal Adoption and Rescue Center, its employees, agents, board members, or pet owners. This agreement shall be binding on all parties, their heirs, and assigns. Understanding public relations is an important part of a Volunteer’s activities on behalf of the Blue Ridge Humane Society.


I hereby authorize the Blue Ridge Humane Society to use any photographs of me in its possession for public relations purpose. I ask that the Blue Ridge Humane Society use reasonable efforts to give me advance notice of any such use, but such notification is not a condition to release photographs for public relations purpose.


All information concerning animals, clients, staff, financial data, business records, and employee records is confidential. No information about donors, patrons, or other volunteers may be released without specific authorization. The board of directors, staff, and our patrons rely on our volunteers to conform to this rule of confidentiality. Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination of the volunteer’s relationship with BRHS. Violations of this policy may also result in personal liability.


A BRHS volunteer acting in an official capacity shall not take any action that would result in the volunteer’s financial benefit or the benefit of his immediate family members. Volunteers will not ask for or receive for themselves or for a member of their household, directly or indirectly, any monies or gifts from the community. Any potential conflict of interest should be disclosed. It will not preclude volunteer service if it is declared appropriately.


Volunteers are likewise subject to immediate dismissal if they engage in any activity while under the influence of any drug, in any activity, which might be construed as sexual harassment, or use BRHS’s name, equipment or materials for any illegal or unethical purposes. Any volunteer who observes another volunteer or staff member engaged in unethical or illegal activity should immediately report the activity to the Volunteer Coordinator. The confidentiality of the reporting volunteer will be protected.


All media inquiries are to be referred to the Director. These include inquiries pertaining to public complaints/incidents, as well as routine matters such as requests for interviews, response to press release information, or special events. If the Director is not available, please refer the media to another staff member.


If accepted as a volunteer for the Blue Ridge Humane Society, by signing below I hereby accept the above terms, conditions, and understandings.


I hereby agree to accept a position as a volunteer worker for Blue Ridge Humane Society, and in so doing, I agree to comply with all of the rules and I understand that failure to do so may result in my immediate termination as a volunteer. By checking below, I hereby accept a position as a Volunteer for the Blue Ridge Humane Society, upon the above terms, conditions and understandings: