Volunteer FAQs

A. You must be at least 18 years of age before you can walk dogs, work in the cat room, or otherwise have contact with any of the animals.
A. Sorry, no. But there are other ways you can help. Please see below.
A. Yes, but we’ve found from past experience that college students (and graduate students) have a very hard time balancing their responsibilities as students with their commitment as volunteers. Because of term papers, exams, group projects, intramural sports, job searches, thesis meetings, winter breaks, spring breaks, summer vacations, etc., students have a difficult time adhering to a regular volunteer schedule. If you are a college student or grad student, we don’t want to discourage you, but you have to give the matter some serious thought and decide if you will have enough time to come in for a weekly two-hour shift for at least a year.
A. You should be able to read and communicate well enough to follow instructions. You should get along well with others, because you may have to work closely with staff members or other volunteers. But you should also have the ability to work independently – without close supervision.

Dog-walkers need to be healthy and reasonably strong, since many of the shelter dogs pull hard when they’re on a leash.

If you are taking immuno-suppressive drugs, you should check with your doctor before you start volunteering.

A. Yes, and the whole family can help with this rewarding job! We’re always looking for people who can provide temporary care and housing to young or ill animals. The animals would live with you for a period of a few weeks, until they can be returned to Lollypop Farm for adoption. You don’t need to attend our “Get Acquainted” sessions in order to do foster care. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information or visit our Foster Care Information page.
A. There are a variety of animal care and clerical jobs available. You can read some brief descriptions on our Volunteer Jobs information page.
A. Yes! For example, we need help with information technology (IT) tasks. We are always looking for tech-savvy volunteers
to help with computer-related jobs. Some projects need to be done on-site, some can be done mostly from home. For more information, please contact our IT Manager, Alex Chernavsky, at alexc@lollypop.org or 585.223.1330 x132.

We also need help with various clerical or administrative-type duties. Check out details of non-animal related jobs on our Volunteer Jobs page.

A. If you decide that you want to work with animals, we ask that you limit yourself to a single animal-care job, at least until you become a “seasoned” volunteer. We value enthusiastic volunteers, but we don’t want you to over-extend yourself. However, if you feel up to the task, you can add an administrative-type job — such as data entry — whenever you feel like you can handle the extra work load.
A. Yes. If you have an animal-care job, we request that you agree to volunteer for at least two hours per week, for at least a year. (You’re welcome to commit to a longer shift, if your schedule allows it.)

Once you complete training, the staff will discuss the schedule with you and put your name on the open shift that works for you.

A. No, we ask that people adhere to a regular schedule (for example, 2:00 – 4:00 PM every Tuesday). Of course, we assume that you will occasionally be forced to miss your shift as a result of vacations, doctors’ appointments, etc. However, we do ask that you make a good-faith effort to follow your schedule whenever possible.
A. Yes. Foster care is performed in your home, so there is no particular schedule. Event help (such as answering phones at our annual Telethon) is done on an as-needed basis. Data entry is also more flexible — you can make appropriate arrangements with our Director of Information Systems.

Pet-assisted therapy requires a commitment to two visits per month.

Some of the other non-animal-care jobs are also more flexible about time commitments. Ask us for details.

A. No because training for new volunteers takes a few weeks, we need a commitment of one year.
A. Yes, please contact Bob Alaimo at ralaimo@lollypop.org
A. Sorry, no. Because of the training involved to work in the buildings around the animals, we do not have positions for just a few hours available.
A. Once you have completed our training sessions, the staff and existing volunteers will work with you to determine a mutually acceptable schedule. We will ask you for a written time commitment.
A. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Karen Stolt at kstolt@lollypop.org or 585.223.1330 ext. 231.
A. Lollypop Farm (our main facility in Perinton) is open to volunteers Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the available hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Volunteers who work in the cat room or the small-animal room are encouraged to work in the mornings, if possible, when we have the greatest need for cleaning.

A different schedule is followed at our satellite locations. Please ask staff for details.

A. Please note that we are in the fortunate position of receiving more applications that we have available slots for volunteers. Please fill out this form, and if your interests & availability are compatible with our needs, we will register you for the courses. Please don’t be offended if we can’t use your help right away.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Karen Stolt at kstolt@lollypop.org or 585.223.1330 ext. 231.