Become a Volunteer
The Animal-Alert Hotline is the heart of ORCA and operates almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers. ORCA always needs trained volunteers to staff the 3 or 4-hour shifts. New volunteers enter an over-the-phone training course (about one hour) and receive a booklet of instructions on handling all kinds of animal scenarios. Volunteers can answer calls without leaving their homes with the help of a forwarding service that can link the hotline to the user’s phone, at no cost to the volunteer and totally secure. Hotline operators are welcome to contribute as much or as little time as they like; some volunteer a few hours a month, others choose weekly shifts. It only takes a small commitment and a compassionate heart to make a difference in the lives of Lancaster County’s unwanted and suffering animals. Anyone interested in this opportunity should call the hotline at 717-397-8922.
ORCA always needs caring people to open their homes to needy animals in the foster care program. Through a network of compassionate and dedicated families, ORCA places injured and neglected animals into temporary homes for rehabilitation or care until the organization can find it a furever home. Foster homes allow animals a stress-free environment to recover from injury or abuse. Foster homes are often needed for all types of animals including dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits.
Veterinarians and ORCA staff evaluate the needs of each animal before placing it in foster care. ORCA supplies all necessary materials (food, crate, medications, etc.) for the duration of the animal’s stay. Foster parents are not responsible for veterinary care or transportation. Foster families help make the final decision before a final adoption occurs.
Interested foster parents should recognize their own capabilities and limits before offering to help care for an animal. ORCA takes in various types of animals, each with specific needs. Some require more care and attention than others. An ORCA coordinator can assist potential foster parents to find an appropriate match. Once a family has applied to house a foster animal, ORCA must receive a veterinary reference and visit each home before granting final approval.
ORCA wants each foster family and animal to live well together but recognizes that not every match works out as planned. A foster parent’s schedule or the animal’s needs may change. ORCA regularly checks with each foster home for updates, and if needed, will move the animal elsewhere.
Foster care is an incredibly important part of ORCA’s successful adoption program. All you need to do is open your heart and home to an unwanted animal. Anyone interested should call the hotline at 717-397-8922.
A significant portion of ORCA’s budget comes from fundraisers held throughout the year. Hoagie sales, a holiday bazaar, and plant and flower sales are just a few of the annual projects. ORCA needs volunteers to make each event a success.
There are so many little things you can do to help without sacrificing a lot of time. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals seeking community service hours. High-school and college students seeking to fulfill volunteer service hours in the community are invited to check about working with ORCA. Intern opportunities for college students majoring in animal behavior or animal-related fields may call and ask to speak to the daily operation director. Please call the hotline at 717-397-8922 for further information..