We are so excited to welcome you to our volunteer team – thank you again for your interest in and support for Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh! Our organization could not function without the generosity, skill, and dedication of our volunteers, so we are glad you are here.
Clearances for All Volunteers
As you have learned from the orientation, there are a few background checks and/or certifications that you will need before beginning training for your specific area of interest. To make things as easy as possible, we have created instructions on how to sign up for and obtain your clearances, which you can find here: How to Get Act 34 Clearance
East and North (Domestic) Shelter Volunteers:
Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is a Fear Free® Shelter; all our domestic staff and volunteers must go through a specialized training program which aims to improve the experiences of animals by educating shelter, rescue, and animal welfare employees and volunteers like you about their emotional needs. We aim to empower you to apply key strategies and techniques designed to reduce the negative emotional states that are commonly experienced by shelter and rescue animals—including fear, anxiety, stress (FAS), and frustration—and increase their enrichment opportunities.
As a volunteer at Humane Animal Rescue, you will need to have your Fear Free Certificate. Fear Free certification is free for all; you can sign up for the course modules here: https://fearfreeshelters.com/register/
Certification is self-paced, and will take about 6 hours to complete. While you are registering, you will be prompted to submit a form from the shelter. For your convenience, we have linked to the Shelter Program Verification Form, which should be filled out with your own personal information.
Wildlife Center Volunteers:
For everyone’s safety on the Wild Side, we do require all volunteers and employees to provide proof of a Tetanus vaccination within the past ten years.
Please note: due to the volume of animals we treat at the Wildlife Center over the summer, we train new volunteers at the Center October through May. Most volunteer opportunities take place between April and October. However, you may still submit your application at any time!
You’re almost there!
Finally, you’ll need to review the HARP Volunteer Manual, which is linked below. Please take your time going over this document as there is a wealth of very important organizational and safety information contained within. When you come in for hands-on training, we will have a waiver regarding the volunteer manual that you will need to sign.
When you have all of your clearances ready, and or your certification complete, please email those documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you rolling on training!
Frequently Asked Questions