VOLUNTEERING WITH VILLALOBOS
Thank you so much for inquiring about our volunteer programs. Before you make plans to volunteer with us, there are some things to consider. Because our facility and organization is connected to a TV show on Animal Planet, the public attention we receive can be overwhelming. For this reason we are limited to what the volunteers can do at our New Orleans location. Also due to recent safety concerns, there will be no contact with the cast from the show and security will be on hand at all times for any volunteering projects.
At this time we have only ONE PROGRAM available: DOG WALKING in New Orleans. There are structured times for you to show up to walk our dogs. To volunteer in New Orleans, simply show up at the designated times to walk dogs (times listed below).
This program caters to our special needs dogs. These are dogs that do not do well out in the main kennel environment so we’ve set up indoor housing for them. For this reason, they need to go out more frequently than the other dogs…..no matter what the weather is! The walks can go for up to about a mile and take you on various routes throughout the neighborhood. Because there are many distractions on this walk and it can get a little bit tiring, we don’t recommend small children for this. But depending on the weather, these walks are sometimes shortened to just around the rescue area.
We conduct these walks all throughout the day during the following times:
8:00 am – 9:00 am (show up as close to 8am as possible but even if you’re a little late, it’s okay)
7:00 pm – ?
Try to remember to wear good walking shoes (no sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes) and we do these walks; rain or shine (when it rains the walks are cut short and we stay under the Claiborne Bridge) The “rainy day” walks aren’t as fun but the dogs still need to get out.
We also cannot allow children under the age of 5 years to attend the walking program. There are just too many big dogs out at one time and it is just too much of a risk that a little one will get knocked to the ground by an overly zealous pooch. Also no carrying children in “baby packs” or strollers allowed on walks.
You DO NOT need an appointment to come and volunteer to walk dogs. You can fill out the necessary paperwork during a quick orientation when you arrive.