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Volunteering in Our Kennels

Would you like to do some hands-on volunteering with our puppies or adult dogs that are temporarily housed in our kennels?  If you’re a dog lover in good physical shape, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and if you can commit to a long-term schedule, you might enjoy volunteering in our kennels.

Kennel Volunteers assist in providing care and enrichment for our puppies and a wide variety of adult dogs that are temporarily housed in our kennels.  Volunteers work alongside Guiding Eyes employees to ensure that our puppies and dogs live in a happy, healthy and stimulating environment.

With over 200 dogs housed temporarily in our kennels, it is of the utmost importance that our facilities are hygienic and sanitary, and so cleaning is a critical aspect of every Kennel Volunteer position.

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75% of every Kennel Volunteer’s time is spent cleaning and disinfecting living areas and canine equipment, food and treat preparation, and other necessary tasks relating to the care and feeding of our puppies and dogs.

25% of a Kennel Volunteer’s time is dedicated to enrichment tasks such as exercising adult dogs, bathing puppies and perhaps providing additional socialization which insures a positive, enjoyable kennel experience for the puppies and dogs.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be able to make a long-term commitment of at least one year with typically one shift per week (Typical Kennel Volunteer shifts are: 7AM-11AM, 8AM-11AM, 8AM-12PM, 12PM-4PM, 3PM-7PM, or 4PM-7PM)
  • Live within easy commuting distance of our Patterson, NY or Yorktown Heights, NY locations.
    • Be able to lift, push, pull and/or maneuver up to 40 lbs easily
    • Be able to bend, stand, stoop repeatedly for up to 4 hours without difficulty
    • Be able to kneel repeatedly on hard surfaces without difficulty
    • Sit on low chair for up to 20 minutes at a time without difficulty
    • Be comfortable handling and interacting with large dogs
    • Be comfortable performing tasks on wet, slippery, uneven flooring
    • Easily tolerate loud barking
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Perform cleaning tasks with industrial cleaning agents
    • Clean up poop, urine and vomit as necessary
    • Tolerate dog hair and dog slobber on your clothes and skin
    • Be able to read, write, listen and communicate verbally in English
    • Precisely follow written and/or verbal instructions
    • Specific vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus

     To apply for one of our current Kennel Volunteer openings please complete the Campus Volunteer Application form.