Welcome to RDRP Volunteer Training Page

 

Here are some of the things you get to do
for our amazing Retired Racers as a volunteer.

At RDRP we believe all beings need and feel love. So, we take the time it takes to form a bond with them. Every moment of human contact brings them one step closer to their… FURever Homes. At RDRP we believe in feeding both their bellies and their hearts.

All RDRP volunteers are valued, appreciated and loved!!!

There are many “chores” to be done during the day, but if you love it,
it’s not work… especially if you are doing something vital
for someone else’s benefit.


Please, enjoy this morning feeding routine with Lori & Mark

at the Adoption Center with 25 Greyhounds.

 

Sign in on the online calendar and fill in your dates for the month if you know your schedule,
be it for one day or many.
If it’s last minute, please text 727-359-9980 before you head out.
www.Keepandshare.com.

User Name: racing_dog_rescue_project   Password: greyhound
Password & user name all lower case

Feeding Procedure

  • Food pails are located in feed room on cart, food is in can on counter with measuring cups inside marked Boys & Girls
  • Keep feed room door closed at all times
  • Food Can holds 1 bag of Fromm, if at bottom of can, refill
  • Girls = 1 ½ cups + 3 count pour from water jug
  • Boys = 1 ¾ cups + 4 count pour from water jug
  • Check Whiteboard for medicine or special dietary needs. Administer & record on medicine on clipboard next to Whiteboard
  • Mark pails for hounds with meds or special dietary needs before leaving feed room – Feed these hounds first
  • Feed hounds in kennel order to avoid confusion
  • Spend a moment patting their head and talking to them
  • Wait for them to finish eating. If some don’t, leave the food until just before you leave
  • Pick up pails, latch door behind you and spend a few minutes in each kennel giving the hounds some LOVE & attention
  • Return pails to cart, then laundry room
  • Wash then set pails upside down on towel over dryer to dry- no need to towel dry
  • Sweep main floor in barn
  • Tidy up laundry room
  • Recover any slow eater’s pail and wash putting all leftovers in Publix bag & place in trash outside
  • Return pails to cart and cart to feeding room
  • Make sure feeding room is tidy and clean
  • Please do not give hounds to many treats. 1 or 2 per shift is good. Hand them their treats.

** Remember Sharing Food is Sharing Parasites**
All uneaten food to be bagged and put in outside trash


Volunteering at RDRP is so rewarding.
Greyhounds are simply… the most appreciative beings, we’ve ever known.
One of the many reasons we do this.

It is important to know that when you are cleaning their kennel, you’re cleaning their home. Take the time to do a good job and make sure you’re paying attention to the hound while working. Be respectful of their space and watch over them. Enjoy your time. Take as much time as you need for each hound. Just make sure you spend time loving them. You can pause before you start, you can stop working for a moment and pay attention… just make sure you’re feeding their heart while you’re cleaning their house.

Please enjoy helping the hounds!

 

Inside Kennel Cleaning

AM – ALL kennels need cleaned, but no need to MOP if not soiled.
PM – Clean as needed.
Examine kennel to see what’s needed & check for safety too.
***Need only mop kennels with pee/poo in them or we are just moving around urine.
Kennels should be free from debris, urine/poo, toys clean and in good shape, beds clean,
& sprayed with Bronner’s for mosquito control in summer

Supplies

  • White Vinegar ¾ to ¼ water in spray bottle on stream, spray low and liberally. 
  • Dr. Bronner’s Lavender 1/8th tsp in spray bottle fill to top with water (premixed in cupboard next to vinegar)
  • Seventh Generation Dish Soap 1 or 2 drops on mop
  • Place top 3 in larger bucket for carrying
  • Baking soda
  • Mop pail & mop
  • Small bucket with water and washcloth
  • Larger bucket for soiled toys
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Treats- only ONE half or ONE.. please give to them, don’t throw on floor or bed
  • ** It takes 1 .5 to 2 full vinegar spray bottles for 25 kennels AM shift. 

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to handle large dogs
  • Maneuver a mop pail & mop
  • Bending

Procedure

PLEASE SHADOW OUTSIDE KENNEL CLEANER WHEN WE HAVE LOTS OF PUPS SO HOUND IS OUTSIDE

  1. Enter kennel with broom, latch door behind, after hound is outside and that gate is latched
  2. Remove soiled toys, place in bucket
  3. Sweep floor 
  4. Spray vinegar on floor/ concentrate on soiled spots
  5. Spray Dr. Bronner’s lightly on stream walls & floor
  6. Set bed up against wall, spray Dr. Bronner’s on moist washcloth and wipe down – no need to dry
  7. Add 2 drops Seventh Gen Dish Soap on mop, Mop entire floor with a little baking soda in water
  8. Return bed towards front of kennel and return toys to bed
  9. Sweep areas in front of kennels to remove debris & dead bugs
  10. Replace water and baking soda every 3 dogs
  11. Replace toys with clean ones when finished with all kennels

Always latch inside door.


 

Here’s Lori showing you outside kennel cleaning!

Outside Kennel Cleaning

Supplies

  • Bleach sprayer outside ¼ cup per gallon (sprayer is 2 gallon max)
  • Poop scoop
  • Hose
  • Treats

**Note – AM team**
Use about 1.5 to 2 gallons minimum spray solution for boys side w/ 16 dogs,
and around 1 gallon on girls side. Spray low

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to handle large dogs
  • Carry 1 gallon sprayer
  • Bending

Procedure

  1. Take note to ensure all pen gates are closed.
  2. Remove any balls in yard & place out of reach of pups.
  3. Gather sprayer/hose/scooper
  4. Greet and pet greyhound and let out. Place sprayer & hose inside, scoop poop
  5. Take scooper set to the right of next kennel for next pup & out of the way of bleach water.
  6. Return to kennel shut & latch door (hound MUST remain outside for entire cleaning)
  7. Water Pails
    AM – Dump water pail and rinse out completely, then fill full.
    PM – Please dump & fill pails with fresh water IF water is warm or dirty, if not, top off to top
    **Please do not move pails to different location.
  8. Clean Kennel Floor – spray LOW, avoid neighboring kennels
    AM – Spray the kennel floor with bleach water focusing on poo/pee areas. Keep sprayer low as to not enter neighbors kennel.
    PM – Spray and clean soiled areas
  9. Hard spray out kennel floor being mindful of neighbors.
  10. Call hound, show them treat, say “treat” and “kennel up” give treat, close and latch door. ONE TREAT!
  11. Continue until all kennels are cleaned
  12. Walk the yard and scoop up all poo
  13. Dump poo in far container w/ blue solution being mindful NOT to get poo all over sides. No bleach on scooper it kills blue.
  14. Hard rinse off scooper/paddle and return. Place hose nozzle over holder.

Communication:

  1. Sign in on the online calendar 24 hours before you plan to come if possible or text Lori & Mark

Our calendar is in the volunteer section of our website or go directly to: www.Keepandshare.com.     

User Name: racing_dog_rescue_project   Password: greyhound

Password & user name all lower case

Dogs are fed & kennels cleaning begins @  8:30 – 9 AM & @ 5:00 – 5:30 PM, length of time this takes varies with # of dogs. The feeding/kennel cleaning times which are kept up to date in the online calendar. Please schedule your visit after 8 AM, and please finish before dusk.

Lori and Mark keep an eye out for the dogs for safety. Please use the online calendar when possible or give a text/phone message prior to coming out at 727-359-9980

  1. Sign in on the volunteer sign in sheet. Sign out and total time before you leave. (Total volunteer hours are reported to board and used for matching grants).
  2. Check the white board and volunteer desk for any information on the dogs. Staff may also post information on a dog on its kennel.
  3. Leave a note (on the pad on the volunteer sign in desk) for Lori and Mark regarding any concerns (limps, wounds, fleas, ticks, runny eyes, depression, ticks, blood or worms in stool); you don’t need to report loose stool. Date and write your name on any notes left.
  4. Record information.

Write down anything positive, or concerning you want to communicate about the dog.

We have a binder on volunteer desk with an information sheet (observations of dogs behavior, personality). We keep this information up to date for the adoption team.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of theirs
Without you, there is no us.