Animals

4-H Youth Development Program

Blue Mountain Humane Society
Save Wonderful Animals Team (SWAT)

 

4-H Youth Development Program

Contact: Debbie Moberg-Williams, Director, 328 West Poplar, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-524-2685, dmoberg@wsu.edu

Mission: As a component of WSU Extension, the 4-H Youth Development Program teaches life skills that lead young people to become self-directing, positive, contributing members of our society.

Volunteer Opportunities: Become a 4-H leader to work with youth in school or special activities, or volunteer as a resource person.

Required Skills: Volunteers should be respectful and cooperative, have a positive attitude, and be willing to provide leadership and guidance to youth or others. Specific skills or talents that will enhance the quality of our programs are useful.

Skills Learned: Volunteers will have the opportunity for training and access to educational information. Volunteers will share interests with others, increase public relations skills, make useful contacts, and provide a benefit to their community. Volunteers will increase leadership ability, organizational, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

Training: 4-H leaders participate in the appropriate training for the areas in which they volunteer. Various types of 4-H training are offered throughout the year.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project

 

Blue Mountain Humane Society

Contact: Nikki King, 7 East George Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 525-2452, humaneoutreach@bluemountainhumane.org

Mission: Prevent cruelty and promote kindness to companion animals in our community. We are committed to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets by ending overpopulation and homelessness. To achieve this, we provide quality shelter, spay/neuter, foster care, adoption, and re-homing services for companion animals in our community. We provide spay/neuter and humane education, animal control services, and cruelty and neglect investigation services to ensure that companion animals have home with responsible, committed, and loving caregivers.

Volunteer Opportunities: Everything from animal care to office guru! Dog walking, care and socialization, kitty care and socialization, photography, creative writing, office assistants, Farmers Market (May-Oct), 3rd and 7th Class Talks (help with), kitty care at PETCO

Required Skills: We look for volunteers who want to make a difference! Whether you are a college student missing your own pets, a volunteer who wants work experience, or an advocate who wants to speak for those who have no voice, we can use your time and talents.

Skills Learned: Volunteers will experience first hand the difference that one person can make. They will learn about teamwork and what it takes to care for those who are homeless. The solution to pet overpopulation and homelessness lie in the actions of a whole community, not just individual owners. Volunteers here can be part of that awesomely simply solution.

Training: New volunteers need to attend 1 new volunteer orientation. Orientations are held every Thursday at 5 p.m. or groups by appointment at other times.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project

 

Save Wonderful Animals Team (SWAT)

Contact: Sarah Ricks, President or Darius Fleck, Vice President, P.O. Box 2847, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-522-5050, SaveWonderfulAnimalsTeam@hotmail.com

Mission: To find permanent homes for stray and surrendered companion animals, prevent the surrender of companion animals to high kill shelters and to provide affordable sterilized pets for the community. To develop low cost spay/neuter and feral cat sterilization and vaccination programs for Walla Walla City and County. To reduce companion animal populations to adoptable levels to create a humane and cost effective solution to the pet overpopulation problems of Walla Walla City and County.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with animal care, promotion of organization.

Required Skills: Love animals, be compassionate, be dependable, and be committed to the job at hand.

Skills Learned: Working with animals and animal care, publicity efforts, and educating public. Also a concern and awareness for animal safety and a compassion for homeless pets.

Training: We help volunteers understand animal care and program goals.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project