Thank you for your interest in volunteering to assist Goochland Pet Lovers. Our volunteers are a valuable part of our community outreach team, and we rely upon their help in keeping the community informed about our work in supporting the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

Goochland Pet Lovers

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Community Outreach Ambassador

Help with the booth set up, meet and greet visitors at the booth and staff the information table at community events. Volunteers may help with transporting tent, tables and marketing materials as needed.

Pooch Pal

Responsible for the care and well-being of a shelter dog at the event and introduce them to visitors. (Requires brief training)

Transportation Ambassador

Collect dogs and/or cats, any supplies and shelter materials from the shelter and transport to and from off-site events.  (Requires brief training)

Special Event and Activities Assistant

Help plan and execute activities and events.

Greeting Ambassador

Greets all guests at the Animal Shelter and determines their service needs. Contacts appropriate staff or volunteer to assist with that need. Logs all visitor contact information and the nature of their visit. Answers all incoming phone calls to the Animal Shelter and directs those calls to appropriate staff. Documents those incoming calls and the disposition of those calls. Monitors and documents volunteer attendance and activities completed each day.

Adoption Ambassador

Introduce guests to animals housed in the Adoption area of the shelter. Must maintain a knowledge of animals available for adoption and also a knowledge of those animal's characteristics and suitability with potential adopters. Monitors activities with persons spending time with animals in the Meet and Greet rooms. Assist staff with processing adoptions and providing all veterinarian records to adopters.

Dog Ambassador

Assists staff with cleaning dog kennels and maintaining sanitation of Dog Adoption area. Assists staff with feeding schedules of dogs. Spends time with dogs in the Dog Adoption area of the shelter providing human contact and socialization with other dogs when possible. This entails spending time with dogs within the shelter and also walking dogs outside of the shelter in designated areas. Assists with training opportunities under the direction of staff or contracted animal trainers.

Cat Ambassador

Assists staff with cleaning cat towers and cat cages and maintaining sanitation of the Cat Adoption area. Assists staff with feeding schedules of cats. Spends time with cats in the Cat Adoption room providing human contact and socialization with other cats when possible.

Donation Ambassador

Sorts all donations and confirms expiration dates on all food items. Places all donations in designated storage locations. Travels to off-site locations within Goochland to pick up donations and deliver them to the Animal Shelter. Replenishes supplies in the Animal Kitchen from donation storage when needed.

Grooming Ambassador

Bathes and grooms animals at the Animal Shelter to make them more comfortable and more attractive to adopters. Requires groomer training and applicable work experience.