Volunteer Application

SHELTER VOLUNTEER RELEASE FORM

I acknowledge that being able to participate in the volunteer program of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a benefit to me. In consideration of being permitted to so participate, I hereby release the SPCA and any of its principals, branches or operators or their agents, servants, employees, officials and representatives from all claims, actions, costs, expenses, causes of action and demands of any nature, including, without limiting the generality of the above, claims, actions, costs, expenses, causes of actions or demands in respect to death, injury, loss, or damage to my person or property, howsoever caused, arising out of or in connection with my taking part as a volunteer in activities at or upon the premises of the SPCA or elsewhere or in consequence of my activities at the SPCA or elsewhere or in connection with work as a volunteer at the SPCA or elsewhere on behalf of the SPCA, and notwithstanding that this death, injury, loss, damage or otherwise may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of the said SPCA, its principals, branches or operators, or any of their agents, officials, servants, employees, representatives, or other students.

I acknowledge that the animals of the SPCA are not trained by the SPCA and that they can be unpredictable and dangerous.

I also acknowledge that the SPCA strongly recommends that I keep current with my tetanus immunization and to consult my physician about this and other concerns related to working with animals. If I have any reason to suspect that I am pregnant, the SPCA recommends that I consult my physician.

The risks associated with working as a volunteer for the SPCA have been fully explained to me and I understand that there is the possibility of death, injury, loss, or damage to my person or property associated with my attendance at the SPCA and with my acting as a volunteer and I hereby declare that I am voluntarily assuming such risk.

I understand that in the event of death, injury, loss, or damage to my person or property, the SPCA and any of its agents, employees, officials, and representatives will present this release as evidence of the risks involved being voluntarily assumed by me, and I understand that this release will be used by the SPCA, or any of its agents, employees, officials, and representatives to deny liability for any death, injury, loss, or damage to my person or property incurred while attending at the SPCA as a volunteer or working elsewhere for the SPCA as a volunteer. It is understood and agreed that this agreement is binding on myself, my executors, administrators, and assigns.

I acknowledge that the senior staff person present is in full and total charge of the facility; or if a staff person is not present, the volunteer designated as in charge is in charge.