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Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Lollypop Farm volunteers of all kinds are essential to the work that we do to help save the lives of pets in our community. We are currently in need of animal lovers like you willing to lend a helping hand to vulnerable animals in our community. Please look over the below urgent volunteer needs to see if there are any opportunities matching your unique skill sets.

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Foster Volunteers

Lollypop Farm is currently in need of foster care volunteers. Foster care provides pets in need of rest and recovery an environment that helps them heal faster. It also helps pets who find the shelter environment stressful, a quieter space where they can easily put their best paw forward while looking for a new home. If you are willing to foster the following kinds of animals, we need you!

  • Large breed dogs
  • Pets who do best in a single pet household
  • Adult cats being treated for medical conditions
  • Neonate kittens who need round-the-clock care

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Do you love working with kids just as much as you love animals? Do you want to impact today’s youth and help encourage humane treatment of all animals? You can make a difference as a Humane Education Volunteer for Lollypop Farm!

Humane Education programs at Lollypop Farm aim to reach and educate children in our community. Our dedicated volunteers are at the forefront of teaching students, shaping attitudes, and forming the difference-makers of tomorrow.

Humane Education Weekend Volunteers

Lollypop Farm is the place to be on the weekend! We run “Petacular Parties” for Birthdays, Girl Scout Workshops, and Behind the Scenes Tours every Saturday and Sunday! Humane Education Volunteers will work closely with our Education Assistant to offer high-quality programming to children and adults.

Activities & Responsibilities:

  • Host Humane Education programs
  • Communicate with Humane Education Manager & Education Assistant
  • Verify payment for program
  • Prep for programs (stuff party bags, light cleaning)

Time commitment:
Saturdays & Sundays
Shift #1: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shift #2: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers are invited to work one or two shifts.

Tour Guide Volunteer

Tour Guide Volunteers provide “behind-the-scenes” tours for children and adults. Guides will take the group into areas that are closed to the public (like the Clinic and the Behavior and Training center) and will share information about Lollypop Farm and its history.

All tours are pre-scheduled by:

Group Size: 6 to 25 people (including adults)
Minimum age: 6 years old
Activities & Responsibilities:

  • Lead guests on a guided tour of the campus.
  • Communicate with Humane Education Manager & Assistant
  • Verify payment for program
  • Follow all tour guide policies

Time commitment:
Schedule based on when tours are scheduled -OR- scheduled shifts for regularly offered “drop-in tours”

“Animal Tales” Story Time Volunteer

Animal Tales Story Time is a free drop-in story time on Friday mornings at 11:30 am. As a Story Time Volunteer, you will engage young children in the joy of animals through animal-themed storybooks.

Activities & Responsibilities:

  • Preview books selected for storytime
  • Setup floor pillows for storytime
  • Reads to children for 15 – 30 minutes
  • Provide an animal interaction with Therapy Guinea Pigs or a pre-selected shelter animal
  • Communicate with Humane Education Manager & Assistant

Time commitment:
Fridays 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sign-up for shifts as you are available.

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