Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association depends on the help of volunteers in many aspects. Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding way of helping the homeless pets entrusted to us. Just a few hours a week can make a huge difference in the life of one of these pets!

So what can volunteers help with?

Customer Care: This is a hugely important part of our job here! Volunteers can assist with greeting customers, showing customers around the building, assist clerical staff with answering phones, and entering data.

Event Support: Wanderers’ Rest is out in the community almost every weekend. With so many events to attend we need volunteers to help setup, breakdown, greet visitors, and handle animals.

Maintenance: Facility upkeep is essential in running a successful shelter. We always need help with the basic outdoor tasks such as mowing the lawn, weed whacking, landscaping, shoveling, snow blowing, etc. Also, if you are handy in carpentry or repair work, please let us know.

Cleaning:  There is a great deal of work that our shelter staff completes each day. This includes  washing, the floors, cleaning up the grounds, laundry, dishes and general cleaning throughout the day. Assisting them with these every day tasks is a big help.

TLC: This fun job includes caring for the animals by walking, socializing, brushing, bathing, and reading to them.

Transportation: We need volunteers to drive animals to and from vet offices in the morning, pick up donations from local vendors, and transporting animals to and from offsite events. You must be 18 years old and have a NYS driver’s license.

Satellite Locations: Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association works with Petco (Northen Lights Plaza), Pet Supplies Plus (Dewitt and Rome) and Pet Express in Cicero. We need volunteers each day to clean and care for the cats there.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Form

Does your volunteer program cover court ordered community service?”

Yes, please contact Jim Baleno. Community service hours are limited from 8:00am until 12:00pm most weekdays. Visit our community service informational page for more information.

I need volunteers hours for school, am I able to do these hours through your organization?”

Yes, please contact Jim Baleno for more details.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

Volunteers may come with a parent/guardian between the ages of 12 and 15. Volunteers 16 years and up may come without a parent or guardian.

Are community groups, school groups, and college groups allowed to volunteer through your organization?

Yes, please contact Jim Baleno for more information on group volunteering. If you are looking for group humane education please contact Joanne Cronan-Hamoy.

What hours can I work?

  • 8:00am to 12:00pm are cleaning hours must be 18 or older
  • 12:00pm to 5:00pm are office hours and enrichment hours
  • Offsite events are held during the afternoon hours, you will be emailed with different opportunities