If you would like to volunteer for Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services, see below for basics then please contact us to discuss volunteer opportunities. The sanctuary is located in Gearhart, on the north Oregon coast. We welcome applications for virtual volunteers year-round. We may on occasion add a new sanctuary volunteer to our trusted crew if/when there seems a great fit; at this time we are not able to add hands-on sanctuary volunteers as we do not currently have the amount of time and resources required to ensure thorough training of new hands-on sanctuary volunteers. Currently, we are seeking nationwide virtual volunteers for The BiBi Project, which is seed-funded in part by a grant from Maddie's Fund, #ThanksToMaddie, and by some of our most stalwart supporters.
Heartfelt thanks to SPCA International for grants in 2017, and for their ongoing partnership and moral support. Thanks also to Maddie's Fund for the grant that seeded the Capacity for Care/Behavioral R+ project, which formed the basis for one of our most integral policies and program strategies. Gratitude to Christine Dorchak for her support and friendship, and to Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies for always being willing to assist and guide. Many thanks to our private donors, including Andra Walters, Shelly Cochran, Barbara Denslow, Lisa M., J. Olson, Juliet Smith, Jackson Novak, Jami Mallory-Kisling, Susan Albertson, Ursula S. Henry, Maurice R. Mizrahi, Wendy Renee Holthaus, Helene Friedman, Robin Waldman, Marcy Blaustein, Donna Sander, Jeri Bray, Brenda Smith Cashmer Bollhorst, Maria Ampolo, Alison Fox, Andie Jolley Knight, Anja Schellberg, Leslie Olyott, and Anonymous donors (multiple), who help ensure our rescue dogs and protection programs continue to flourish. (Only those private donors who have given permission to share their names are shown here. If you are a donor and would like yours included, please let us know.)
Responsibilities of Volunteers:
Communication: 1) Interact with our Facebook group(s) at least once per week. 2) Check in with our Director/Program Manager at least once per week, as well as whenever a project or other question/concern/update necessitates a conversation. 3) Immediately contact our Director/Program Manager if anyone has suggested that you do so or implied a wish for contact, or if a need/request is waiting to be met.
Message: Be clear and informed about our message, and stay on-message of Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services and its programs when conversing with others while volunteering on our programs.
Professionalism: Always present and express yourself in a civil, ethical manner when appearing, acting, or conversing on behalf of our programs.
Active Status: To retain volunteer status, a volunteer should not cease participation in her/his volunteer capacity for 90 consecutive days without discussion with the Director/Program Manager. To do so will cause a deactivation or termination of volunteer status.
Conflicts: Volunteers must advise us in writing of any/all possible conflicts of interest when applying to volunteer and continue to advise, throughout the term of volunteering, of possible conflicts immediately as they arise. Volunteers should avoid notable conflicts.
Examples of Current Volunteer Tasks:
Hold meet & greet and/or informational events to introduce the public to our dogs and/or inform the public about our dogs, and/or about our programs and services.
Share literature about our dogs, programs, services, etc.
Share our website, Instagram, social media pages and posts, and participate in same as appropriate.
Identify / gather suitable items for fundraising auctions, and/or help raise funds (as appropriate).
Network for our causes, programs, and needs.
Materials: Each volunteer suggests, requests, and/or is assigned a region and is responsible to ensure that the BiBi Project brochures / materials provided are placed and maintained in relevant locations / with appropriate individuals in that region, as instructed. Each volunteer assists the Project Manager with target selection by developing and providing a list of potentially appropriate businesses and professionals in that region.
Regional Events: Ideally, volunteers should be willing to commit to hosting at least one event per year; if for some reason a volunteer is event-phobic, then that volunteer should seek to recruit a partner volunteer who is also interested in becoming a BiBi Project volunteer and is acceptable to the Project Manager for event hosting in that region.
Social Media/Internet: Volunteers should help promote our causes on all platforms by sharing our posts, liking, and positively commenting on and about them in order to help increase awareness and motivate further use and support of our programs, fundraisers, events, and the organization as a whole.
If the above is more than you wish to commit to, email us about becoming a supporter instead. Supporting the charity's good causes is very easy on your schedule!