Animal Shelter Indemnification and Release of Liability
I, ______________ of ___________ , State of Texas, County of Howard,
in consideration of being permitted to volunteer at facilities owned by the City of Big Spring,
specifically, the Big Spring Animal Shelter, I hereby on behalf of myself, my heirs, agents and/or
assigns, expressly agree to indemnify, defend, release, waive and forever discharge, in advance,
THE CITY OF BIG SPRING, its employees and agents, of and from all liability, actions, claims,
demands, damages, costs, judgments and executions either in law or in equity, which I or my heirs,
agents and assigns may have or which may subsequently accrue to me or them, including any personal
injuries or expenses, death, and/or injuries to property, real or personal, caused by, or arising
out of my participation in the Big Spring Animal Shelter Volunteer Program REGARDLESS OF WHETHER
SUCH INJURIES, DEATH OR DAMAGE ARE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE PERSONS OR
ENTITY MENTIONED ABOVE.
This release is intended to discharge in advance the CITY OF BIG SPRING, its agents and employees
from and against any and all liability arising out of or connected in any way with my participation
in the Big Spring Animal Shelter Volunteer Program, even though that liability may arise out of
negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities mentioned above, and REGARDLESS
OF WHETHER THAT NEGLIGENCE IS THE SOLE OR CONCURRING CAUSE OF THE INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE.
I further understand that working with animals in any setting may be dangerous and that it is
possible for volunteer participants to sustain mortal or serious personal injury, as a consequence
thereof. Knowing the risks associated, nevertheless I hereby agree to assume those risks and to
indemnify, release and hold harmless all of the persons or entities mentioned above who might
otherwise be liable to me (or my heirs, agents or assigns) for damages even though such damages may
be caused by the negligence of the persons or entity mentioned above.
This release is given and signed with my express intent of binding not only myself but also my
heirs, agents, executors, administrators, and assigns to said release, waiver, covenant, and
I agree to accept and to abide by the policies, rules, and regulations of the Big Spring Animal
Control Division, the Big Spring Police Department, and the City of Big Spring.
I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE, UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, AND
EXECUTE IT VOLUNTARILY, WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF ITS SIGNIFICANCE.
Dated this the ______ day of _____________ , 20 ____.
Given under my hand and seal of office on this, the ______ day of ______________ , 20 ___.
Notary Public, State of Texas
Animal Shelter Volunteer Agreement
I agree to abide by and am aware of the following conditions of volunteering to work with animals at the City of Big Spring Animal Shelter:
1) Mistreatment of any animal will NOT be tolerated;
2) I will be responsible for providing my own transportation to and from the animal shelter;
3) I will always present myself to the public in a professional manner;
4) I will be appropriately dressed;
5) I will not discuss shelter business outside the shelter;
6) I MUST be sure that upon leaving, the shelter has been secured. I will not leave any animal
or any area of the shelter unsecured for any reason;
7) I accept full responsibility for all medical expenses due to injury or illness during my
participation and further attest to the fact that I have no health problems that would hinder or be
aggravated by volunteering at the shelter; and
8) I must undergo training approved by the Big Spring Police Department before volunteering on City of Big Spring premises.
Volunteer activities may include, but are not limited to:
I) Cleaning kennels and cages;
2) Removing and disposing of feces from the kennels and shelter grounds;
3) Changing litter boxes;
4) Washing bowls and litter pans;
5) Sweeping and mopping hallways and kennel areas;
6) Exercising animals;
7) Feeding animals;
8) Emptying trash cans; and
9) Other activities that may arise.
I understand and agree that as a volunteer, I am not an employee of the City of Big Spring, and I am not entitled to
any compensation or benefits of any kind, except as otherwise required by law.
By signing below, I hereby agree that I will not object to or challenge the protocols and procedures outlined by the
Chief of Police or his designee of the Big Spring Animal Shelter. This includes, but is not limited to: not entering
unauthorized areas, not touching animals that are in unauthorized areas due to the risk of transmitting contagious
disease to other animals, not bringing cameras on the premises unless expressly authorized, not presenting myself as
an employee of the Shelter, and not leaving any doors or cages unlocked at any time. Violation of any of these
guidelines is grounds for immediate removal from the premises and termination of all future volunteer opportunities
with the Big Spring Animal Shelter.
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Acknowledgement of Receipt Volunteer Training Information
By signing below, I hereby acknowledge that I have received the approved Big Spring Animal Shelter Volunteer
Training packet. I hereby further agree to abide by all provisions set forth in the Volunteer Training packet as well
as direction from Animal Control Staff.
Big Spring Animal Shelter
Our goal is to place as many adoptable animals in caring and responsible homes as possible,
through education, adoption and utilization of community and rescue partner organizations.
Since 2009 the shelter has taken in (as of Oct 2015):
Over 11,000 dogs, an average of almost 1,600 per year
Over 6,500 cats, an average of over 900 per year
Progression towards our goal
Through partnerships with the community and rescue organizations, our live outcome rates have
drastically improved over the years
Live outcome for dogs
2015 (Oct 1) 84.91%
Live outcome for cats has also improved:
2015 (Oct 1) 30.25%
A large majority of cats that are handled by Animal Control are feral cats that are caught in live traps by citizens.
We provide humane euthanasia for medical suffering, cases of aggression, or behavior problems that prevent us from safely adopting the animals back out into the community.
We are also the designated Local Rabies Control Authority for Big Spring and Howard County and maintain rabies quarantine facilities for both dogs and cats.
Complete and return the following forms:
Animal Shelter Indemnification and Release of Liability
• Must be notarized
• Notary available at the police department
Animal Shelter Volunteer Agreement
• Must be witnessed by an animal control employee
Pass a criminal background investigation before beginning any volunteer assignment
Volunteer Orientation Training
Receive Volunteer ID Card from Police Department (Appointment required, 2 business days to complete)
Sign-up at www.volunteerspot.com (http://vols.pt/zXV8T2) for available volunteer slots
• Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9am·llam
• Tuesday-Thursday 2pm·4pm
• Two slots available each day
Sign-up for volunteer times on VolunteerSpot.com
• Must be signed up on this site and can not just show up at anytime!
Wear volunteer 10 badge and lanyard at all times while at shelter.
• You will not be admitted without a current volunteer ID
Follow the direction of Animal Control Staff/Kennel Worker at all times!
IMMEDIATELY report any bites that break the skin or any other injuries or accidents to Animal Control staff!
Use hand sanitizer between contact with animals to help minimize the spread of disease.
Keep cell phone use to a minimum please.
Refer all visitors wanting to adopt a specific animal to Animal Control staff.
Approved volunteer activities (including and not limited to):
•Cleaning Kennels and Cages
•Removing and disposing of feces from the kennels and shelter grounds
•Changing litter boxes
•Washing bowls and litter pans
•Sweeping and mopping hallways and kennel areas
•Exercising/bathing animals (weather considerations)
• Emptying trash cans
•Other activities as approved by staff
•Treat all staff, visitors, and other volunteers with respect at all times
MISTREATMENT OF ANY ANIMAL WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!
No smoking in the shelter!
Do not enter the quarantine area or interact with animals in quarantine!!!
Do not interact with animals that have "Danger" tags on their cages.
• The animals with these tags are either aggressive or have not been evaluated by staff to determine their temperament.
Please do not run or make loud noises. This is for safety and to not excite the animals or visitors unnecessarily.
Wear clothing you don't mind getting damaged or dirty.
Tennis shoes or boots are required (no open-toed shoes, flip flops, sandals, etc ... ).
Pants required (No shorts, this is for safety reasons).
We suggest an inexpensive, single color, short or long sleeve t-shirt (Hanes, BVD, etc ... ).
• No clothing with offensive writing or pictures.
if attire is not acceptable, you will be asked to change.
HUMAN SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST!!!!!
If a dog fight occurs in the shelter
• Immediately notify shelter personnel
• Do not panic and NEVER attempt to grab one of the dogs or separated them.
• Clap, yell, stomp simultaneously .... as loud and deep as you can "Knock it off"
• Do not continue yelling if the ONE attempt did not work.
• stay in control of your emotions
• With shelter personnel assistance, dump a bucket of water on the dogs' heads (if unable to locate a bucket, shelter personnel may utilize water from a hose)
• Assist shelter personnel as directed (catch poles or leashes may be utilized)
Your safety is more important than protecting the dogs involved in the fight
You are far more fragile and likely to be injured than a dog
The vast majority of dog fights do not cause any significant injury to the dogs, no matter how intense the fight appears to be
Prevention is key!!!
• Keep dogs separated when taking them out for exercise
• Ensure that only one dog is out in the walkway between kennels at a time
• Make sure all outside gates are secure before taking dog outside for exercise
• If more than one dog outside the building, but inside the fence, all dogs shall be on a leash
Make sure to avoid possibly contaminating your home/pets by properly disinfecting you and the clothing worn while at the shelter.
• Pay special attention to the soles of your shoes.
• Do not leave your soiled clothing anywhere your pets may come into contact with them. (Best to wash them immediately, by themselves.)
Thank you for your help!!!
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