Volunteer

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Our volunteers after their sunday hike with the dogs!

The ACC has a staff of just a few employees and we rely on the assistance of volunteers for help with both the cats and dogs. Whether you live on island or are just here for vacation and would like to volunteer we would welcome the extra time.

Contact

Please contact the Shelter Manager at 340-774-1625 to inquire about volunteering. Our volunteers and voluntourists are a huge part of our shelter operation and we are grateful for any time that can be given.

Canine Volunteers

Moose going for a drive

We are always in need of volunteers to help with our twice daily dog walks (8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and welcome volunteers to join us on our National Park Hikes, Sunday's at 8:30 a.m.

We also need assistance with:
  • Walking, socializing, and playing with dogs & puppies
  • Washing, drying, folding & putting away laundry and dishes
  • Brushing and bathing dogs
  • Assisting staff with feedings

If you will be working directly with the dogs, you must be comfortable with and physically capable of handling medium to large dogs, and must be able to move quickly and be able to deal with a large dog that might jump.

Whenever possible, all precautions are taken to keep both the animals and the volunteers safe. However, Animal Care Center of St John is a shelter with many animals of assorted personalities, breeds, and energy levels—it is important to remember that circumstances arise which cannot always be predicted or prevented. Some examples of these include: dog bites, cat bites or scratches, being pulled, knocked down, or falling when walking a hyper or anxious dog.

Feline Volunteers

Become a feline volunteer!

All our cat's cages and litter boxes are cleaned daily. Any assistance is always welcomed as it gives us more time to spend socializing with them.

In addition, we also need assistance with:

  • Socializing and playing with cats and kittens
  • Washing, drying, folding & putting away laundry and dishes
  • Cleaning and drying cat cages and play areas
  • Washing, drying, and refilling litter boxes
  • Brushing and grooming cats
  • Assisting staff with feedings

Feral Cat Program

We have over twenty feeding stations around the island for feeding feral cats. Part of our program is to trap feral cats on Tuesday nights, bring them to our local Vet office on Wednesday morning for testing, spay/neuter, and then pick them up at the end of the day and release them back to where they were trapped. We are always in need of volunteers to assist with trapping. Traps can be picked up from the ACC Tuesday through Saturday.

We welcome all volunteers to assist us at the shelter. If you are under 16 years of age, you can walk a dog with a parent or Guardian. We welcome children and encourage them to help. There are many ways that children can help us:

  • Organize a bake sale or have a lemonade stand and sharing information about our shelter and how the money will be donated
  • Make gifts for the shelter dogs and cats

Sock Cat Toy

Supplies:
  • Infant or child’s cotton sock
  • polyester fiberfill
  • non-toxic permanent magic marker
  • needle and thread and/or Velcro
  • Catnip or small craft bells (optional)
Directions:
  1. Stuff the toe of the sock with catnip or a craft bell. (optional)
  2. Follow with the polyester fiberfill for stuffing.
  3. Fill to the start of the ribbing on the sock.
  4. Tuck the ribbing into the sock top.
  5. Sew the top closed or sew Velcro to inside of sock.
  6. Decorate sock with non-toxic magic markers so no kitty can resist them.

'Adopt Me' Bandanas

Adopt Me Bandana

These colorful bandanas can be worn by shelter dogs and cats to get noticed by potential adopters!

Supplies:
  • Colored fabric/permanent non-toxic markers
  • Solid-color bandanas
Directions:
  1. Place the folded bandana on the table. Draw only on the side that faces up.
  2. Your bandanas should be colorful and fun. It’s a good idea to include some words or phrases on your bandanas. (Examples: “Adopt Me!”, “I’ll be your best friend!”, “Help me find a home!”)
  3. When finished, lay the bandana flat for a bit to make sure the design doesn’t smear.

Contact

Please contact the Shelter Manager at 340-774-1625 to inquire about volunteering. Our volunteers and voluntourists are a huge part of our shelter operation and we are grateful for any time that can be given.