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YES! We're still handling adoptions at our shelter by appointment only for approved applications. Before you can adopt, you need to choose one or more animals you're interested in and then fill out an application on our website by clicking the pink ADOPT ME button. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to make an appointment to meet the available animal(s) you are interested in.

YES! We are accepting donations to help the animals at our shelter. Donations can be dropped off daily, without appointment and can be left in the green labeled bins located directly outside the main shelter door. A list of items we can/cannot accept can be found in the donation drop area. You can also learn more about how to support us by clicking here to visit our wish list.

YES! We are still accepting volunteers for select positions! To read more about our program and needs, please click here to visit our volunteer page.

Visitors must wear a CDC-approved face mask at all times while they are in the shelter.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Kennel Volunteer

Dog Kennel Volunteer

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Dog Kennel Volunteers Needed

Job Description:

RBARI Dog Kennel Volunteers help our staff provide exercise and enrichment to our resident dogs, and give them the quiet and patient interaction they need until they go to their new homes. In addition to working with our animals, we rely and ask our volunteers to assist by putting away donations, laundry, and general cleaning of the front lobby areas. 

Reports to: Dog Kennel Managers and Volunteer Manager

Application Process: Dog Kennel Application Review, In person interview, Approved applicants will be contacted to fill open positions


  • Must be comfortable and able to handle dogs of multiple sizes and strengths
  • Must be able to commit to a recurring shift each week, and if not able to attend, communicate with the Dog Kennel or Volunteer Manager prior that you will not be available during your shift
  • Must be comfortable working around and with dogs of different temperaments 
  • Must use positive reinforcement and kind handling methods at all times


  • Check Kennel board, kennel cards, and staff for information and special instructions about the dogs before interacting/taking them out for a walk. 
  • Update dog kennel board with the time you took each dog out.
  • Enter the dog kennel safely and quickly following instructions at all times
  • Wash and sanitize hands in between each animal. 
  • Check the washer and dryer, and switch loads when they are complete. 
  • Other general cleaning and maintenance tasks. 

Basic skills:

  • Must be able to read, write, listen and communicate effectively.
  • Must be able to follow established instructions and safety/cleaning protocols at all times
  • Must be able to work effectively with staff and other volunteers. 
  • Experience/comfortability working with dogs of all sizes and breeds (all necessary training will be provided).

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk quickly.
  • Must be able to bend at the waist and knee and carry 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to safely handle and manage dogs.

Work Environment:

  • Exposure to potential hazards including animal waste, disinfectants, high levels of noise, potential for animal bites and scratches, diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people.

Time Commitment: A recurring, weekly, 2-hour shift for a minimum of six months

Dress Code: Rubber sole, closed-toed/heel shoes and long pants. (Volunteer t-shirt to be given after the first three weeks of attendance)

Shift Openings: 

  • Select shifts available throughout the week. Please include your availability on your application.

Dog Kennel Volunteer Application:

If this is a match for you, click to apply!

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge
2 Shelter Lane
Oakland, NJ 07436

Tax ID (EIN): 22-6094179


Monday: Appointment Only
Tuesday: Appointment Only
Wednesday: Appointment Only
Thursday: Appointment Only
Friday: Appointment Only
Saturday: Appointment Only
Sunday: Appointment Only