Our Volunteers – ROAR’s Heart and Soul

ROAR would not exist if not for its volunteers. From 8 in the morning to 8 at night, rain or shine, 365 days a year, our 100-plus volunteers are continually in and out of the shelter — feeding, cleaning, walking, playing, washing and grooming. And when it comes to supporting our special events, they are the first ones to lend a helping hand. They are essential to our organization and of course our pets’ best friends.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the shelter – no exceptions. To ensure everyone’s safety, volunteers are not allowed to bring children with them to the shelter during their shift.
Our volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of ROAR’s operation. Here’s a sampling:

  • Dog walking
  • Cat socialization
  • Laundry & general housekeeping
  • Office help
  • Vet trips
  • Dog transports pick-ups
  • Fundraiser and special event staffing

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Although the under -18 year olds cannot volunteer at the shelter there are plenty of ways to get involved.

  • ROAR Youth Program – 12-17 year olds can volunteer on the shift with a parent that has volunteered at the shelter weekly for 6 months or longer
  • Community service hours
  • RHS senior class internships
  • Mini-fundraisers – many children have used bake sales as a way to support ROAR
  • Birthday and Bat Mitzvah gifts – we often have children request a donation to ROAR in lieu of gifts

For more information about adult and youth opportunities:

  • Please call the Shelter at 203-438-0158 or Click here and fill out our info request.
  • Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you via email about our volunteer program.
  • You’ll be invited to attend a 1 hour Volunteer Orientation Session, held monthly, to learn more about ROAR.
  • ROAR requires a valid email address in order to contact you.  Email and internet are our primary means of communication.
  • Before your volunteering starts, you must attend a mandatory three hour training session where you will get hands-on experience on the entire ROAR operation.

Volunteers – Making a Difference!