Thank you so much for volunteering! You will make some bunny very happy today. Tigard PetSmart Outreaches are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month from noon-3pm.
This section of our website contains the Outreach Signup Form (Sign Up Here tab), general information for volunteers to know, and details about our Outreach procedures and job descriptions.
If you still need more help or info, complete the I HAVE QUESTIONS section near the bottom of the signup form or contact the Outreach Coordinator.
IMPORTANT: You MUST be an official Rabbit Advocate Volunteer in order to volunteer at an Outreach. If you are not an official Rabbit Advocate yet, please visit our Volunteer Page for more information and a volunteer application.
Rabbit Advocates Outreach Goals:
Provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to encourage people to stop in and visit with us.
Encourage successful rabbit adoptions through showcasing domestic rabbits for public viewing.
Educate the public on rabbit care, behavior, and health issues.
Provide nail trims and grooming services (with donations going to Rabbit Advocates Medical Fund).
Rabbit Advocates Public Presentation:
Rabbit Advocates (RAs) are guests of the establishment. They should exhibit a professional appearance and demonstrate a courteous and friendly manner to public, to rabbit advocates, and to establishment employees.
It is important to share educating the public with other RAs.
As a courtesy to the host store, we encourage promoting any acceptable rabbit items to the public.
Rabbits for adoption should not be removed from the rabbit pens and must be kept in the pens for public viewing at all times, no exceptions. Rabbits will not be adopted directly from an Outreach unless the foster parent has given permission to do so to an adopter with whom they have already spoken directly.
For each Outreach, we need at least...
5-6 Pawdicurist/Groomers +
Adoptable rabbits (2 pens available)
TRAINEES ALWAYS WELCOME FOR ANY POSITION BUT PLEASE SIGN UP
+ We invite grooming help, even if only for 1 hour at a time. If you are interested in shift work, please indicate the desired shift length in the Desired Shift section of the signup form. Groomers/Pawdicurists: Please bring your own brushes (Zoom Groom, Slicker), nail clippers, and some extra bath towels.
• Before signing up, please review all volunteer information on this page.
• If you need to cancel your commitment, please use the signup form to cancel, giving us plenty of time to make other arrangements to fill your position.
If you disagree with any of the guidelines on this page, please send an email to the RA President for consideration.
Outreach Signup Form
Please complete the form below to sign up to HELP, to bring a FOSTER RABBIT, or to CANCEL.
1. I am an official "Rabbit Advocates" volunteer and have completed all necessary paperwork including a volunteer application and a photo ID. If you are not an official "RA", please do not sign up. Instead, please visit http://rabbitadvocates.org/volunteer/ for information about becoming an official RA volunteer.
2. All volunteers must be age 12 or older. If volunteer is under age 18, volunteer must have permission of event coordinator, have parent / guardian consent, and parent / guardian may be asked to supervise. (Please see CONSENT - RELEASE section of Signup form, near bottom.)
3. If signing up for a position OTHER THAN TRAINEE, I have completed an Outreach training during an actual Outreach and I have attended at least one more Outreach.
Continue with the signup and type YES in the QUALIFIED box below ONLY if #1 and #2 above are true.
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Rabbit Advocates' Shelter Exchange listings appear automatically on Petfinder.com. You can use a nifty print tool in Petfinder to print flyers for our adoptable rabbits. Follow these steps to print adoption flyers:
Enter OR08 as the Shelter ID (OR must be capital letters; 08 is a number).
Select the details for the printout from the drop-down boxes, and then click GO.
Print the listing(s):
To print one listing, choose Print This Pet next to the bunny whose information you want to print.
To print all listings, select Page Breaks or Scrolling List, then choose Print All Pets.
Flyers are available in several formats (with or without photos):
At a Glance - Displays a coversheet format with names and photos.
Standard 8 1/2 x 11 - Suitable for printing on a standard paper size; you can print individual or all pets.
3 x 5 cards - Suitable for printing on 3x5 cards (great for cage cards and handouts); you can print individual or all pets.
4 x 6 cards - Suitable for printing on 4x6 cards (great for cage cards and handouts); you can print individual or all pets.
Flyer - 8 1/2 x 11 flyer format, available in several decorative "Adopt-Me" or "Foster Me" styles; you can print individual or all pets. (Flyer descriptions will be truncated unless you drag the little icon at the lower-right corner to show the entire description.)
Outreach Policies & Procedures
These policies and procedures govern Outreaches sponsored by Rabbit Advocates and apply to all Rabbit Advocate volunteers who work at a Rabbit Advocate Outreach. They are intended to ensure the safety and security of the rabbits, the public and the volunteers.
1. Outreaches are scheduled by the Outreach Coordinator designated by the Board of Directors. The Outreach Coordinator maintains the calendar of Outreaches and ensures the volunteers working an Outreach meet the criteria in this policy.
2. At least two volunteers must work at each Outreach. One of them must be over 18 years old and be an experienced Outreach volunteer. (Volunteers between ages 12 and 18 must have permission of event coordinator, have parent / guardian permission to participate, and parent / guardian may be asked to supervise.)
3. An experienced Outreach volunteer has completed an Outreach training (to be held during an actual Outreach), have attended at least one more Outreach, and be approved to do Outreaches by the Outreach Coordinator. Volunteers must wear a purple Rabbit Advocates apron or any other form of identification provided by the Rabbit Advocates.
4. The pens are to be set up in a manner to ensure the volunteers have control over access by the public to the rabbits at all times. It is preferable that the pen be accessible by the public on only three sides.
5. Rabbits who are taken to an Outreach should have a calm personality and be able to handle the noise and activity of a public place. No rabbit who has a history of nipping or biting people can be taken to an Outreach.
6. Only Rabbit Advocate volunteers may take a rabbit out of the pen at the Outreach. Members of the public may hold a rabbit only when seated and only under the close supervision of a Rabbit Advocate volunteer. No member of the public may carry a rabbit and walk anywhere with that rabbit. Children may hold a rabbit only if:
(1) the child is sitting in a chair or on the floor,
(2) the parent or guardian has agreed the child may hold the rabbit, and
(3) the volunteer stays with the child while he or she is holding the rabbit and carefully supervises the child and the rabbit.
Any person with bare legs must have some form of protection between bare skin and the rabbit to prevent scratches.
7. If a rabbit is showing signs of stress or anxiety at an Outreach, the volunteers should protect the rabbit from public contact until the rabbit has calmed down.
8. Volunteers must make every possible effort to keep dogs away from the pens housing rabbits.
9. Rabbits taken to an Outreach must have been spayed or neutered at least seven days before the Outreach.
10. The individual Rabbit Advocate should provide a full disclosure of known medical and/or behavioral problems.
11. Rabbit Advocate identification and disclaimer signs will be provided by the Rabbit Advocates. They must be displayed and be clearly visible to the public, hung either on the exercise pens and/or display tables.
12. All rabbits adopted will be private adoptions, one individual to another. An adoption contract, provided by the individual Rabbit Advocate, will be required for each adoption.
Please use Outreach Signup Form to apply for positions of lead, assistant, and pawdicurist.
All volunteers should strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere to encourage people to stop in and visit with us. (Friendly, outgoing greetings are especially important.)
Anyone handling adoptable rabbits and the public's rabbits should review the pawdicurist hygiene guidelines.
Outreach staff should try to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the Outreach events and plan to stay at least 30 minutes after the events to assist with set-up and take-down of our exhibit area.
At least one person should remain at our "welcome table" at all times to welcome guests and ensure that our nail trimming waivers and donations proceed smoothly. Please ask people who sign nail trimming waivers to include their phone and address so we may stay in touch with them (if they wish).
All rabbits brought to nail trimming / grooming clinics must be in secure carriers and under control of the owner or a Rabbit Advocates volunteer at all times.
Authorized by the RA board to enforce Outreach rules.
Responsible for set-up and take-down of education area, sandwich sign, and all aspects of the Outreach.
Working with the foster parent, ensures that the "Adoptable Rabbit" area is clearly marked with a sign, and that a simple flyer describing the rabbit's personality, gender, photo, and background is available for potential adopters. (Feel free to use the same information that is available on the Rabbit Advocate website's foster rabbits page.)
Checks RA Outreach bin for adequate supplies and educational materials. If supplies are low, asks the Educational Materials Coordinator for additional materials, and helps arrange delivery of replenishments to the Outreach venue.
Submits all donations taken in during the Outreach to the Treasurer. (You can write a check for any cash, then mail all checks to the Treasurer. Be sure to mark the envelope with the number of rabbits nail trimmed, the Outreach name, and the Outreach date.)
PO Box 14235
Portland, OR 97293-0235
Ensures that public fills out relevant paperwork at the main Outreach table, including grooming/nail trimming waivers, newsletter sign-up forms, pre-adoption applications, volunteer forms, etc. (Please number the grooming/nail trimming waivers as they are completed, so we may provide first-come first-served services.)
Encourages people bringing rabbits to form an orderly line near the pawdicurists to avoid congestion in the store.
Encourages public to use hand sanitizer (provided) or hand washing before and after handling foster rabbits.
Works with foster caretakers to upload photo of rabbits being showcased at the Outreach, if possible.
Informs Outreach Coordinator of any changes in Outreach personnel.
After the Outreach, sends a brief report describing the highlights to the RA group email list. You may use the online reporting form on the Reporting Form tab.
Pawdicurist (Nail Trimmer/Groomer):
Note: People bringing rabbits for grooming and nail trims should bring their own clean bath towels and, if possible, their own grooming tools.
Responsible for set-up and take-down of pawdicure area.
Encourages donations for grooming services. (Donation baskets should be set up at both the grooming station and on the main table where people fill out the grooming/nail trimming waivers.)
Encourages rabbit owner to bring their own clean towels and grooming tools (if possible).
Wears long pants and sleeves and uses a towel in lap as protection against scratches and bites.
Wears glasses rather than contact lenses as protection against painful fur in the eyes.
Sits on the floor or a low chair to prevent the rabbit from falling if it becomes frightened or wiggly.
Uses approved hygiene precautions to prevent spread of infection or infestations:
Use separate clean towel for each rabbit.
Sanitize hands between rabbits: Either use foaming anitbacterial soap and hot water, along with thorough hand washing techniques. Or, thoroughly wash hands once, and then put on a pair of disposable examination gloves; after grooming each rabbit, pick up and throw away any stray bits of fur and other trash, carefully remove gloves so they are inside out, dispose of the old gloves, and put on a fresh pair.
Remove pet hair from clothes and apron between rabbits.
Sanitize grooming tools and nail trimmers between rabbits. Use foaming anitbacterial soap and hot water.
Checks the rabbit ahead of time for any obvious medical issues (do not perform grooming and nail trims on rabbits with obvious medical issues).
Trims nails and grooms rabbits. STOP the procedure if the rabbit appears overly stressed. Nail trims to be done first, with grooming to follow as time and rabbit comfort permits.
Talks with rabbit owner about diet and health as it applies to the rabbit being groomed.
Groomers: If you are an official RA and want to help brush bunnies (but aren't confident yet with nail trims or tummy brushing), please don't be shy! Groomers brush the bunnies on their backs (and tummies if you're comfortable with that) while the official groomer/pawdicurists provide nail trims and groom other rabbits who are ahead in line. You can then hand the bunny over to the main pawdicurists when they are ready to finish the job. Groomers give us a jump on the grooming process and reduce the waiting time for our spa day clients! Note: Groomers must follow the same hygiene guidelines as Pawdicurists above. The main difference is that you needn't trim nails or do tummy brushing unless you are confident.
Arranges dates and places for each Outreach (generally 2nd Sunday from noon-3pm for Tigard Petco Outreaches).
Places notices about Outreaches in print and online websites (including Craigslist and Facebook) and via emails to Rabbit Advocates, vets, newspapers, and other organizations. Works with Outreach venue on publicity as needed.
Recruits volunteers for each Outreach, including lead, assistant, pawdicurists, and guest (foster) rabbits.
Ensures that foster rabbit attendees are shown on Rabbit Advocates website (home page and Adoptables page) and Outreach website overview page at least a week before the event.
Reminds volunteers, Outreach venue, and third parties about the Outreach and posts to RA Facebook page (pinning entry to top) at least 4 days before each event.
Sends reports and thanks to volunteers and Outreach venue after each event. Updates Craigslist announcement and Facebook (unpins from top).
Updates Outreach website signup forms as needed.
Maintains volunteer spreadsheet, statistics on number of rabbits groomed and money collected, information about guest rabbits, and other Outreach information as needed.