Volunteer Agreement for Group Volunteering

Group Volunteer Agreement

In consideration for this opportunity to volunteer for Austin Pets Alive! ("APA!"), I agree to the following terms and conditions and understand that I may be released from volunteering should I violate any of the below:

  1. I will abide by the mission, rules, regulations, policies and programs of APA! while I am a volunteer.

  2. I agree to be supervised by an APA! Manager or designee and will work as a team member with all volunteers.

  3. I will treat all animals, other volunteers, APA! staff, and the general public with dignity and respect.

  4. I will accurately and truthfully complete the Volunteer Application and Agreement.

  5. I understand that all group volunteers at APA! must be 18 years of age or older.

  6. I certify that I have not been convicted of, nor am I currently charged with, any of the following crimes:

    • any felony within the past five (5) years;

    • an offense against the person (Tex. Penal Code Title 5) or an out-of-state equivalent at any time;

    • an offense against the family (Tex. Penal Code Title 6) or an out-of-state equivalent at any time;

    • cruelty to animals (Tex. Penal Code Sections 42.09, 42.091, 42.092, 42.10, 42.105) or an out-of-state equivalent at any time;

    • robbery (Tex. Penal Code Chapter 29) or an out-of-state equivalent within the past five (5) years;

    • burglary (Tex. Penal Code Chapter 30) or an out-of-state equivalent within the past five (5) years;

    • theft (Tex. Penal Code Chapter 31) or an out-of-state equivalent within the past five (5) years;

    • fraud (Tex. Penal Code Chapters 32, 35, 35A) or an out-of-state equivalent within the past five (5) years; or

    • money laundering (Tex. Penal Code Chapter 34) or an out-of-state equivalent within the past five (5) years.

  7.  I will not conduct or participate in illegal activity on any APA! property or at an APA! sponsored event.  
  8. If I am volunteering as part of the Community Service Restitution Program:
    • I will abide by the community service rules of the court issuing my sentence.
    • I will sign up for activities via MyVolunteerPage prior to volunteering. I will also use the volunteer timeclock to log in and out when volunteering at TLAC. Hours not logged with the timeclock will not be signed off on.
    • I will arrive on time and will not leave the worksite without permission.
    • I will not carry any sort of weapon while working for APA! or visiting any APA! location.
    • I will notify the Volunteer Manager by email when my hours are complete and I am ready for a completion letter to be prepared on my behalf. I will give at least 48 hours notice prior to needing the documentation.

Volunteer Release & Waiver

I understand and agree that as a volunteer for Austin Pets Alive! (herein after referred to as "APA!"), I assume all risks of loss or injury, including death to myself or damage to my property while on the property of APA! and elsewhere, while participating in the volunteer program.

I understand and agree that all services performed by me will be performed on a strictly voluntary basis, and that I will receive no remuneration, pay or compensation of any kind.

I understand and agree that I will not be an employee of APA! and will not receive any benefits normally available to employees of APA! and that the relationship is terminable at will. I understand and agree that APA! shall incur no liability of any nature as result of my volunteering for APA!

I understand that in handling animals and performing other volunteer tasks there is a risk of injury, including physical harm or death, and that all services performed by me will be done at my own risk. I understand APA! strongly recommends that I keep current my tetanus immunization. I further understand that APA! recommends that any dogs and cats that I live with should be immunized by my veterinarian, if not already done so.

Therefore, on behalf of myself, my heirs and personal representatives, I hereby release, discharge and indemnify and hold harmless APA! and its assigns, successors, agents, staff, officers, board of directors, employees, contractors and representatives from any and all claims, causes of action or demands of any nature of cause whatsoever, including costs and legal fees arising out of, or relating to, my volunteering with APA!, including, but not limited to, animal bites, disease, accidents, property damage, or injuries.


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