Our staff is a dedicated group of volunteers who create a safe, nurturing environment for our homeless animals. Simply put, without our volunteers, there would be no Homeward Bound. Our volunteers man the phone lines, work in our thrift store, Paws and Claws, and help loving families find their newest family member at adoptions. They walk dogs, pet cats, feed and play with them, and of course, clean up after them. Our grounds are well kept up and repairs made due to volunteers who take the time to help us keep things neat. Some volunteers help us with social media and photography. Some plan fund raisers.
We have volunteers who only help on weekends when they visit North Georgia and youth volunteers who create posters or wash dishes. Some only have time to run a few loads of laundry, and that's OK, too. We can use help of all kinds.
We need more volunteers who love dogs and cats! Join us! Contact us and let us know what interests you, or, feel free to fill out our Volunteer Form, print it out, and mail it to us!
- Adoption Counselor: Adoption counselors are trained to assess potential adoptees to ensure an animal is adopted out to an appropriate owner and into a healthy and safe environment. The adoption counselor can volunteer at the PetSmart in Kennesaw, GA on Saturdays, PetSmart in Canton GA on Sundays, Tractor Supply in Ellijay when requested, and various non-routine locations as announced.
- Adoption Coordinator: The adoption coordinator schedules adoption locations and personnel for all events involving adoptions and coordinates the adoption process, forms, and procedures, assuring that the overall documentation needs of the organization are met. The coordinator also resolves issues arising from adoptions, and delivers adoption counselor training as needed.
- Creative Projects: Homeward Bound always has a need for writers, designers, graphic artists to assist on an as needed basis.
- Artists for Homeward Bound Coordinator: This program is designed to offer local artists an opportunity to donate a product or percent of sale to Homeward Bound. Additional details are available upon request.
- Foster Care: Fostering opportunities consist of providing a safe and happy environment for Homeward Bound animals until they can be adopted into a permanent home. Homeward Bound will provide for the animal's food and medical care expenses. In return, the foster volunteer provider helps with the socialization and basic obedience training of the fostered animal and ensures that the animal attend adoption events on a regular basis to increase the chances of finding a home are maximized. Home visits may be required before an animal is released for foster care.
- Foster Care Coordinator: The foster care coordinator assists in the placement of animals in foster homes and helps providers with scheduling vet appointments, delivery of monthly supplies, maintenance of quarterly paperwork and attendance of animals at adoption events.
- Fundraising: The fundraising committee works to develop ideas for raising money for Homeward Bound.
- Kennel Caretaker: The kennel caretaker works one, sometimes two shifts a week. The morning shift begins at 8:30 and includes cleaning the animals' living quarters, bedding, and food and water buckets; replenishing food and water buckets; walking and playing with the dogs; cleaning the Cat Cottage and playing with the cats and kittens. Other duties may include laundry, organizing specific areas of the shelter, bathing the animals, performing miscellaneous administrative tasks.
- Maintenance: The shelter always needs repairs to the building and equipment as well as lawn maintenance. The vans need regular maintenance, cleaning and repairs also.
- Phone Team: Homeward Bound has two phone lines. One is dedicated to the spay/neuter program. This line is to help animal owners obtain low cost spay and neuter certificates as provided by Homeward Bound. The other line is for responding to any calls that come to Homeward Bound about a variety of issues and/or concerns such as lost animals, found animals, owners wanting to surrender their animals as well as calls to the business office. Volunteers help by replying to any messages on voicemail and forwarding those messages to the appropriate department(s) or individual via email.
- Special Events: The special events committee organizes and implements special events that raise awareness about Homeward Bound and the Spay and Neuter program. Special events also provide an opportunity for donations and volunteer sign-ups.
- Spay/Neuter Program Coordinator: The S/N Coordinator oversees the spay/neuter program.
- Van Driver: The van driver drives the Homeward Bound dogs and cats from the shelter to the adoption sites at PetsSmart in Kennesaw and Canton, Tractor Supply in Ellijay and other locations when needed. The driver also assists in loading and unloading the van and assuring that the animals are unloaded in a timely fashion at the end of the day.