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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 – Limiting Recruitment: Regular volunteers for weekdays
Team Rehoming
Team Transport
Team Digital
Team Fundraising
Team Photographers – Full
Team Outreach
Team Writers – Full
Team Adoption Drive – On Hold
Team Video

Team Kennel (Limiting Recruitment: Regular volunteers for weekdays)

Commitment: Priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit a minimum of 1 year, at least 3 times a month. Volunteers who are serious, consistent and dedicated will greatly benefit our furry residents and shelter operations.

We are currently not accepting any volunteering for school CIP alone.

If you are volunteering for school CIP, please take note that the minimum commitment is 6 months (at least 3 times a month)

Volunteering sessions are held on:
(Choose only 1 fixed day to start off, you can always add more day(s) later on)
Weekends >> 9am – 1pm (Sat and Sun) * limited recruitment 
Weekdays >> 
9am – 12.30pm (Tues and Wed) 
5pm – 8:00pm  (weeknights) * Two hours slot within this time; Limited recruitment

Duties:

  • Interact, rehabilitate, train, and walk dogs.
  • Wash and clean the kennels and common areas so that they are comfortable and sanitary for the dogs to live in
  • Basic grooming and medical care for the dogs
  • Report on any health or behavioural concerns of the dog assigned

Requirements:

  • Commit 3 times a month for 1 year
  • Strictly 18 years old and above
  • Be comfortable with handling small and large 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)
  • SOSD is a fear free shelter, and has adopted gentle rehabilitation and training methods
  • Volunteers are strongly suggested to ensure that their tetanus vaccinations are up to date.

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Team Rehoming

Please note: This role primarily involves interacting with humans, with minimal interaction with dogs. There will be brief interactions with dogs during initial meetings, the start of the Homestay Trial, and post-adoption.

However, the majority of your time will be spent speaking and visiting the adopters/fosterers to assess suitability, organizing interactions between adopters/fosterers and dogs, facilitating the process of taking dogs home, and providing continuous support and guidance to adopters/fosterers throughout their entire adoption/fostering journey.

If you are seeking a role with more direct interaction with dogs, we encourage you to consider joining Team Kennel.

If you excel in working with people, we would love to have you join us in this role!

Commitment: Able to take on at least one active rehoming enquiry at any given moment.

Duties:

  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff to facilitate adoptions for dogs.
  • Follow SOSD’s Standard Operating Procedures for screening potential adopters or fosterers.
  • Conduct thorough home visits to ensure the well-being of our dogs and provide continuous support pre- and post-adoption
  • Serve as the primary contact for potential adopters and fosterers, offering guidance throughout and after the adoption process
  • Ensure timely submission of paperwork for each case, within 5 calendar days of adoption signing

Requirements:

  • Maintain high emotional intelligence and professionalism to uphold SOSD’s image.
  • Prompt and effective communication with adopters/fosterers is essential.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse individuals to assess suitability as adopters/fosterers.
  • Keen eye for detail, especially during tasks like house visits
  • Patience in assisting adopters/fosterers throughout and after the adoption process
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail for completing extensive checklists and paperwork
  • Exhibits resourcefulness, initiative, and a strong sense of teamwork
  • Previous experience with Singapore Specials is advantageous but not mandatory
  • Commitment to volunteering for at least one year
  • Minimum age requirement of 21 years

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Team Transport (Full)

Commitment: Minimum once every two months.

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 attend a 1h training session via Zoom 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 (think pee, poo, vomit!).

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    Team Digital

    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 update our website once a week.

    Duties:

    • Update SOSD website with new content
    • Maintain, configure and troubleshoot WordPress website, Microsoft 365 and Google forms
    • Assist and support other teams with web-related issues

    Requirements:

    • A computer with photo editing software
    • Knowledge of WordPress and photo editing
    • Familiarity with web standards
    • Strong troubleshooting and analytical abilities

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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:

    • Develop new and innovative fundraising activities for the charity and work closely with our fundraising officer
    • Assist our fundraising officer with fundraising events such as charity dinner and flag day
    • Attend adoption drives and manage the merchandise booth and donations
    • Perform regular stock take of merchandise

    Requirements:

    • Marketing experience is an added advantage
    • Experience in organizing events is an added advantage
    • Experience in initiating fundraising campaigns for charities is an added advantage
    • Able to work independently and adhere to strict timelines

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    Team Photographers (Full)

    Commitment: Be able to commit a minimum of 1-2 times a month, for at least 6 months.

    Duties:

    • Capture shots of SOSD’s dogs & cover adoption drives (event)
    • May need to travel around Singapore

    Requirements:

    • Must have at least intermediate skills in photography and/or videography
    • Friendly, outgoing, comfortable interacting with members of the public
    • Able to work independently and on weekends

    ** 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 (On Hold)

    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: Be able to commit a minimum of 1-2 times a month, for at least 6 months.

    Duties:

    • Capture video footage of SOSD events, rescues
    • Capture interviews of people for video

    Requirements:

    • Videos to be captured with a camera(preferred) or smartphone
    • Prior experience with video editing
    • Able to work independently

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