About PetSmart Days
Our adoption days are the third and fourth weekends (Saturday & Sunday) of the month at the 1800 South 300 West PetSmart. I'd love to welcome you to join our team of volunteers on either day, if you can. We set up at 9 am on Saturday, and adoptions begin at 11 am. The day ends at about 6 PM after all is cleaned up and put away. The 9 am arrival is so important, so things are all set up before folks start dropping off their foster pets for the day. Our advertised adoption hours are 11 am to 4 PM, but we usually go a bit longer. The big takedown takes place at 4 PM on Sunday.
Setup involves helping put up cages, placing food, bed, litter, etc.. During the day, the dogs are taken on walks using a leash, cleaning litter boxes, answering questions from the public, giving the kitties some attention, watching to make sure little kids don't open the cages, enjoying our "gourmet delight" of Costco Pizza for lunch, and helping take down and clean all the cages at the end of the day.
They are long days, but valuable days for helping animals find homes and providing public education information. You also have a chance to get to know some CAWS volunteers, and learn about other opportunities for volunteering with our organization that may interest you. CAWS would be happy to use you for as many hours as you can give if you aren’t able to stay the whole day.
You may feel a bit like a "fifth wheel" the first time, but you'll get familiar with what is going on and you'll know your way around. One way to prepare a bit ahead of time is to read through the articles on our web site, so you're a little more familiar with our policies and philosophies regarding animal care and adoption. We have found our volunteers are busy people, and setting aside another day for training can be difficult to schedule.
One special note: Our volunteers on those days are essential! It can become a miserable madhouse for the rest of the volunteers and the animals if folks we are planning on don't show up.
So if you feel you can commit to one of those days, we'd love to have your help! Please fill out a volunteer questionnaire. We hope to hear from you soon.