Volunteer Code of Ethics
As an Epona Horse Rescue volunteer, I pledge to...
Respect others even though I may not agree with them
Display courtesy, sensitivity, consideration and compassion for people and animals
Use good judgment in recognizing the scope of authority of staff members
Keep safety at the forefront of all volunteer activities
Follow the rules presented to me in training
Respect and use equipment and supplies as they are intended
Report all injuries immediately to a staff person
Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate attire at all times
Perform all tasks to the best of my ability
Ask for help when needed
Recognize training is essential to maintain safe shelter practices
Recognize my limitations and those of others
Set boundaries for myself—know my limits with the animals and other activities
Hold myself accountable for the commitments I undertake
Hold myself accountable for the minimum commitment of 8 hours a month for at least a six month commitment
Recognize I communicate both verbally and non-verbally
Listen to the needs of others
Advise rescue personnel of relevant information regarding the animals and my involvement at the rescue
Value my role in the maintenance and growth of the organization
Strive to promote a positive environment
Respect and support all people and animals
Volunteers are the lifelines of this organization. Whether your knack is stuffing envelopes, talking to the horses, working on special projects, or mucking stalls, you are making a positive contribution and difference in the lives of the horses at the shelter.
As a volunteer representing Epona Horse Rescue, your conduct and interaction with staff, other volunteers and the public is expected to always be professional and courteous. In volunteering, you are making a commitment to staff and the horses to carry out, to the best of your abilities, the tasks you have pledged to perform.
The Volunteer Code of Ethics clarifies the expectations and principles for Epona Horse Rescue volunteers. Should a volunteer display unprofessional, dishonest or disrespectful behavior or exhibit a lack of self-discipline, the volunteer will be asked to leave the premises. Such behavior could be grounds for termination of volunteer status.
Online Volunteer Application
I, hereby acknowledge that I have voluntarily agreed to participate in the Volunteer Program at Epona Horse Rescue. I am aware that this program will involve exposure to animals kept at Epona Horse Rescue and, hereby release Epona Horse Rescue from and against any and all liability arising out of or connected in any way with my participation in the program.
I, hereby agree to keep horse records, various owners’ information along with foster home information confidential and private. In working with rescue animals, I understand that information regarding horse records, owner’s information and foster home information is private and will not be discussed outside of conversation between staff and volunteer.
If you agree to the terms and policies above, please continue on to our volunteer application! We look forward to getting to know you and we thank you for your kindness towards those without a voice!