• Check-in and check-out services.
  • Moving the animals from the holding area to the surgery area, and following surgery moving them into the recovery area and back to the holding cages. If you have scheduled appointments, having all of the large dogs early in the morning allows you to schedule extra volunteers for moving the larger dogs and the “large dog volunteers” can stay for just a few hours.
  • Monitoring all animals during recovery. Biters will be placed back into a cage but the cage will be in the recovery area and the pet still monitored.
  • Volunteers may help with cleaning instruments, cutting surgery drapes and other tasks as well.
  • The instructions for volunteers, fasting, recovery and even aftercare may change from one veterinarian to the next, so ask ahead of time when working with new staff.
  • Read our check-in instructions for clinic hosts
  • Read our Recovery Area Instructions.

Volunteer task breakout

Check-in area, 2 to 4 people handout necessary intake forms, explain process, advise of pick-up times and coordinate paperwork, get dogs onto scales and a weight onto the form, the dogs into cages in the “dog area” and get cats in cages immediately and into the “cat area”. The check-in folks make sure that all paperwork is completed properly and that each cage is labeled and that paperwork has a phone number is available. These volunteers generally become the checkout team or the “daily tasks team” as the day moves on.

Daily tasks-3 to 5 people, assisting with pre-op and pre-med process, bring pre-medicated dogs to the surgery area for induction drug, repaper soiled cages before dog is returned to them, move animals from surgery area to recovery area, monitor recovery area, wash and repack instruments and get them into the sterilizer. This crew also makes sure animals are returned to the correct cages, with the correct paperwork on it and separate out the transport animals.

Close-down and cleanup will be done by a combination of other volunteers throughout the day. In the evening this means making sure that all instruments have been in the sterilizer so the day starts out with clean surgery packs, all animals which will remain on site overnight must be fed and watered and any dogs which are able to walk on a leash should be walked. Cats should have a small litter pan, which can be a pie tin, etc.