Join Us as Volunteers

Here are a few areas that we seek volunteering for. We have volunteers who do help out in more than one area, so if anything piques your interest, do sign up anyway! Help is never enough, and all support is greatly appreciated!

Team Kennel
Team Rehoming
Team Transport
Team Digital
Team Fundraising
Team Photographers
Team Outreach
Team Writers
Team Adoption Drive
Team Video
Team Clean
Team TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)
Team JIP (Jurong Island Project)

Team Kennel

Commitment: Priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit a minimum of once a week, on the same day(s), for at least 3 months. Volunteers who are serious, consistent and dedicated will greatly benefit our furry residents and shelter operations.

Volunteering sessions are held on:
Weekends >> 9am – 1pm (Sat and Sun)
Weekdays >> 9.30am – 12.30pm (Tues and Wed) * We need these!

Duties:

  • Bring the shelter dogs out for activities such as pack walks, beach, outreach events, etc.
  • Help to feed the dogs after sessions
  • Help to wash and clean the kennels and surrounding areas so that they are comfortable and sanitary for the dogs to live in
  • De-tick, deworm and tend to all aspects of the dogs e.g. maintained their balanced state of mind
  • Report on any health or behavioural concerns of the dog assigned
  • Housekeeping of general areas within the Centre

Requirements:

  • Commit a minimum of once a week, on the same day(s), for at least 3 months
  • 18 years old and above
  • Be comfortable with handling dogs
  • Doesn’t mind long walks in the sun or drizzle
  • Has initiative, keen to help and must not mind getting hands dirty
  • Experience is beneficial but not necessary (training provided)
  • Updated tetanus shot at any clinic (Shot can be done at Radium Medical Aesthetics Clinic for a discounted rate) *Appointment required

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Team Rehoming

Commitment: Able to independently handle rehoming cases (ad-hoc) + monthly adoption drives for at least one year.

Duties:

  • Must be able to attend monthly adoption drives
  • Work closely with Team Rescue to ensure dogs are adopted or fostered into a good home
  • Adhere to Standard Operating Procedures to interview and screen potential adopters or fosterers
  • Conduct home visits to ensure our dogs’ well-being and be tireless with pre- and post-adoption follow-ups
  • Transport our dogs to and from adoption drives, vet clinics, and adopters’/fosterers’ homes

Requirements:

  • Must be able to independently handle rehoming cases (ad-hoc) + monthly adoption drives for at least one year
  • 21 and above
  • Independent and resourceful
  • Comfortable with communicating with people from all walks of life to assess their suitability as adopters/fosterers
  • Must be organized and meticulous enough to complete extensive checklists
  • Have an eye for details and ability to discern, i.e., house visits
  • Patient
  • Able to drive (optional, please indicate)

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Team Transport

Commitment: Minimum once every two months.

Currently looking for:
Many more transporters! Especially on weekdays.

Duties:

  • Transport dogs and/or puppies e.g. visits to the vet, adoption drives, fosterers’ homes
  • Transport big and small items from donors
  • Transport equipment to and from adoption drives
  • Occasionally assist in loading/unloading of items for transport

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit a minimum of once every two months
  • Class 3 driver’s license
  • Must possess own vehicle for transportation (van, car, etc.). Please specify:
    • Vehicle type
    • Residential location
    • Timing available
    • Experience with dogs not necessary (Please inform us when signing up)
    • Must come down for a 1h training session (Sunday) on how to put a dog into and out of your car, handling tips, and other transport related matters

    ** Note: We do not always have dog carriers. Please be prepared for possible messes in your vehicle when transporting dogs (pee, poo, etc.). Dogs are adorable but they don’t have the best reputation when it comes to being tidy.

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    Team Digital (FULL)

    Commitment: Minimum 2hrs a week (ad-hoc from the convenience of your own computer), for at least 6 months, but you should be able to commit regularly and promptly to updating our website once a week.

    Duties (1): Team SOSD:

    • Primarily involves adding/revising dog profiles to the website
    • Curate and manage content for website only
    • Assist teams with web-related updates

    NOTE: We do wordpress + keep SOSD’s website up to date, e.g., adding/revising dog profiles, pasting articles on sosd.org.sg. It does not involve writing articles! (To write articles, please sign up for Team Writers).

    Requirements:

    • Must be able to commit minimum 2h a week (ad-hoc from the convenience of your own computer), for at least 6 months
    • At least 18 years of age
    • You will be in charge of SOSD’s main channel for adoptions, so being prompt in updating the website is crucial in helping our furries find a home!
    • Good command of English
    • Knowledge of WordPress, basic HTML (if no experience, training provided)

    Duties (2): Team PetGuru:

    • Resize existing images from vendors to 550px * 550px
    • If product image is not available, take photo of the products & resize it to 550px * 550px
    • Prepare product description
    • Input products into database (by filling up a mass import excel template – more instructions will be given on this)
    • Prepare promotional banners for promotions such as GSS

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    Team Fundraising

    Commitment: Able to commit for at least one year and for 3 times a week to follow up on fundraising matters of about 2 hours each. This is flexible as long as there is a commitment to complete tasks at hand.

    Duties:

    • Ability to network and build relationships with donors and corporate sponsors
    • Plan, organize and execute fundraising activities
    • Develop new and innovative fundraising activities for the charity
    • Able to bring in new individual and corporate donors while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters
    • Able to work with Fundraising IC to identify new donation avenues

    Requirements:

    • Strong presentation skills with a flair for writing and good in creating PowerPoint presentation slides
    • Direct marketing experience will be an added advantage

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    Team Photographers

    Commitment: Be able to commit a minimum of 2-3 times a month, for at least 6 months.

    Currently looking for:
    Photographers
    Videographers * We need more of these in particular!

    Duties:

    • Capture shots of SOSD’s dogs, adoption drives, foster homes & our beloved rehab centre
    • May need to travel around Singapore
    • Attend a compulsory dog-handling lesson

    Requirements:

    • Commit a minimum of 2-3 times a month, for at least 6 months
    • 20 and above
    • Must have at least intermediate skills in photography and/or videography
    • Must own a decent set of DSLR
    • Dedicated to our cause
    • Friendly, outgoing, comfortable interacting with members of the public
    • A team player

    ** Note: Please attach your portfolio and include details of the equipment you own.

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    Team Outreach

    *** Note that outreach DOES NOT actively involve handling of dogs.
    Commitment: Help out at SOSD events for at least 6 months + commit to at least 2 out of every 5 events (i.e. 40% attendance). Events vary (weekend/weekday, etc.).

    Duties:

    • Set up and operate booths at adoption drives, carnivals and roadshows
      • Hand out brochures
      • Talk about SOSD
      • May need to sell SOSD merchandise
    • Conduct shelter tours for invited guests + members of public (training provided)
    • Attend quarterly SOSD briefings (every 3 months)
    • Assist in preparing presentations and programs
    • Selected volunteers will also be trained to give talks at schools, institutions and companies, based on aptitude, experience, overall suitability (i.e., public speaking, mostly on weekdays)

    Requirements:

    • Commitment of at least 6 months with expected attendance of 40% (minimum)
    • 16 and above (persons below 18 will require parental consent)
    • Fluent in English / Mandarin is an advantage
    • Outgoing, enjoy interacting with members of the public
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Teachers who are familiar with the CCE syllabus, experienced public speakers or media would be a big advantage
    • Proficiency in design software is an added plus

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    Team Writers (FULL)

    Commitment: Ad hoc, but you should be able to contribute articles regularly and adhere to deadlines.

    Duties:

    • Contribute articles to the bimonthly Woofsletter
    • Contribute written content to the annual report
    • Writing and editing tasks for other ongoing and ad-hoc projects (e.g. event posters, marketing collateral, website content, wedding favours)

    Requirements:

    • Must be able to contribute at least one article per month
    • Meticulousness is a must to ensure grammatical and factual accuracy before content is published
    • A good command of the English language
    • A team player who understands the importance of meeting deadlines
    • Not all written tasks are fun, and we need committed volunteers who understand the importance of quality written content in creating greater awareness for SOSD

    ** Note: Please attach your portfolio if possible.

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    Team Adoption Drive (FULL)

    Commitment: Minimum of one adoption drive every two months (usually on weekends).

    Duties:

    • Handle enquiries from members of public on your assigned pup/dog
    • Refer any potential fosterers or adopters to the Rehomer on duty

    Requirements:

    • Must be able to commit a minimum of one adoption drive every two months at least
    • Must be able to commit a minimum of one year
    • 18 years and above
    • Experience with dogs (preferred but not a must)
    • Comfortable with communicating/interacting with people; proactive
    • Attend packwalk on adhoc basis for continuous training

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    Team Video

    Commitment: Volunteers are needed in 2 different teams: Video Capture and Video Editing. Able to commit for at least half a year, and once a month to help capture video footages/create videos. Training will be provided by team leader.

    Currently looking for:
    More volunteers!

    Duties (1): Team Video Capture:

    • Capture video footage of SOSD events, rescues
    • Follow SOSD volunteers on rescue missions, rehoming, etc
    • Capture interviews of people for video

    Requirements:

    • Videos can be captured on Smartphone
    • Videos can be captured on camera
    • Prior experience with video editing a bonus but not necessary

    Duties (2): Team Video Edit:

    • Create videos of SOSD events, rescue missions
    • Create videos of rescue dogs, for adoption, fundraising, etc

    Requirements:

    • Basic knowledge in video editing
    • Flair in telling stories
    • Mac or Window users welcome!
    • May be required to purchase some commercial video editing software

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    Team Clean

    Commitment: Adhoc. Preferably able to commit once every 2 months (or more).

    Duties::

    • To help clean SOSD Rehabilitation Centre (SRC)
    • Assist Nipu, our caretaker, to clean kennels
    • Clean SRC facilities, including picking leaves, clearing trash, cleaning drains

    Requirements:

    • 18 years and above
    • Children below 18 need to be accompanied by parents/ guardian
    • Groups, organisations, schools welcome!
    • Comfortable with cleaning, not afraid to get dirty

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    Team TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)

    Commitment: Participate in TNR operations at least once a fortnight. Commit to volunteering for at least 6 months. Able to commit to waiting for hours when trapping dogs — comfortable with the unpredictable nature of TNR ops.

    Currently looking for:
    Committed volunteers — we are looking to expand TNR ops and the core team

    Duties::

    • To help sterilise dogs for humane population control
    • Trap dogs (group ops together with rest of the team)
    • Arrange for logistics to get dog sterilised then sent to SRC for recuperation
    • Arrange for dogs to be released back to original habitat
    • Help to arrange for medical treatment of injured dogs

    Requirements:

    • 21 years and above
    • Belief in the TNR method of humane stray-dog population control
    • Able to work in a team
    • Comfortable with handling feral dogs
    • Doesn’t mind getting dirty, being exposed to weather and elements
    • Preferable to have car/motorbike license or have own vehicle — many of the TNR ops are located in places that are difficult to get to

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    Team JIP (Jurong Island Project)

    Commitment: Once a fortnight for at least 3 months. 3-4 hours per session.

    Duties::

    • Cleaning of Holding Areas, general housekeeping
    • Help to feed dogs in Holding Areas, and tend to basic medical needs
    • Feeding of stray dogs on Jurong Island
    • Help to wash and clean the kennels and surrounding areas so that they are comfortable and sanitary for the dogs to live in

    Requirements:

    • Once a fortnight for at least 3 months. 3-4 hours per session
    • 18 years and above
    • Be comfortable with handling dogs – many of them are not used to human interaction and will require some experience
    • Doesn’t mind working in the sun, and in a harsh environment
    • Has initiative, keen to help and must not mind getting hands dirty
    • Drives and has own transport in and out of Jurong Island

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