Volunteer Terms


Agreement and General Release for Volunteers

Voluntary Acknowledgement and Participation​ : I acknowledge that I have voluntarily  agreed to serve as a volunteer for New England Humane Society (referred to as NEHS), a  nonprofit corporation whose mission is to find permanent houses for stray and abandoned  animals. I am referred to as a “volunteer.” I offer to perform as a volunteer of my own volition.  No one has demanded that I participate in any activity with NEHS.

Nature and Scope of Services​ : As a volunteer, I will be contributing my time and effort to  various shelter and outreach programs of NEHS and performing a wide range of services.  The services will be performed by me as assigned by an officer, director, employee, or  another volunteer of NEHS. In the course of performing the services, I agree: To read and  complete all required orientation, training, and paperwork related to my volunteer position. To  disclose any physical or psychological limitations to appropriate staff before participating in  any activity. Since I may be interacting with animals, both healthy and sick, big and small,  and may be lifting, carrying, moving or otherwise engaging in physical labor, I will be  respectful of my own limitations and will inform staff immediately of any such limitations. To  read and obey all safety rules and regulations in the interest of the safety of the animals,  staff, and volunteers. I acknowledge that NEHS has the right to revoke volunteer privileges if  these rules and regulations are not followed. To treat all NEHS staff, volunteers, animals,  property, tools, and equipment with respect and kindness. I will also return all NEHS property  when my volunteer relationship ends. Either NEHS or I can terminate this relationship at will.

No Compensation​ : I agree to provide my services without compensation. I will not be  compensated for my efforts, nor am I an agent or contractor of NEHS. I agree that I am not  an employee, partner, agent, contractor, or principle of NEHS.

Responsibility for My Own Acts and Omissions​ : I hereby agree to be legally and  financially responsible and will indemnify and hold NEHS harmless for my own acts and  omissions relating to the service I am voluntarily providing to NEHS. I acknowledge that I am  responsible for providing my own medical, liability, and auto insurance during my volunteer  service.  I understand that I am not covered by workers’ compensation nor insured by NEHS  during the performance of my volunteer duties and tasks, including when driving a vehicle or  transporting an animal.

Assumption of Risk​ : I am voluntarily participating in the activities of NEHS with full  knowledge of the risks and dangers involved and hereby agree to accept any and all risks of  injury, death, or damage to myself and/or my personal property. As a volunteer, I may come  into contact with and interact with animals, and such work entails risk of personal injury due  to proximity to animals, dangerous equipment, and other considerations. These include, but  are not limited to, being bitten, kicked, clawed, tripped, and possibly exposed to zoonotic  diseases including rabies. I understand the severity of being exposed to these diseases and I hereby release NEHS, its board of directors, and all employees from any and all liability in  the event of my exposure.

Photo, Video, and Audio Release​ : I understand that as a volunteer of NEHS, I may be  recorded on film, video, or other electronic recording media. I hereby consent to such  recording and to the use by NEHS of any recorded images or other media recordings of my  name and likeness for any purpose related to furtherance of the objectives of NEHS. In  particular, I grant NEHS permission to copyright and use, reuse, publish, and republish  without restriction as to changes of alterations, for art, advertising, trade, or any other  purpose. Further I understand that the product of all work I perform as a volunteer of NEHS  will be the property of NEHS and that NEHS will have the sole right to use, sell, license,  publish, or transfer any such work product, including all media and mechanical and electronic  formats. I will disclose any such work product to NEHS and assign all rights thereto to NEHS.

Release​ : As consideration for being permitted by NEHS to participate in activities and  provide services, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, and legal  representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attack the property of NEHS  for injury  or damage resulting from any act, omission, negligence or other acts, howsoever caused, by  any employee, agent, contractor, or representative of NEHS as a result of my participation in  activities and performance of the services and any audio video recordings. I hereby release  NEHS from all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians,  and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damage resulting  from my participation in activities and performance of services.

Confidentiality​ : During my association with NEHS, I will keep confidential, refrain from  disclosing to others, and use only in the performance of my volunteer duties, all confidential  information of NEHS that I develop or learn about during the course of my association. I  understand that this agreement covers all confidential business and technical information and  know­how of or about NEHS which is not generally known to persons outside of NEHS and  which I have been specifically authorized to disclose or use. Examples of confidential  information include, but are not limited to, information on finances, membership and donors,  volunteer performance, the condition of shelter animals, campaigns, outreach programs, and  information received from others that NEHS has agreed to keep confidential. I have read the  Release Agreement and fully understand that I will relinquish all claims or actions known now  or in the future against NEHS. I am of legal age and legally competent to sign this  agreement. I am signing this agreement of my own fee will without the influence of NEHS  staff member.  

Term of Agreement​ : I acknowledge that this agreement will apply to the entire term of my  volunteer relationship, starting with the date I first perform volunteer duties for NEHS, even if  it pre­dates the date of this agreement, and continuing as long as I continue to be a volunteer  and thereafter as is necessary to protect the interests and rights of NEHS arising herein with  respect to confidentiality and use of my work products and/or audio video material as  authorized above.

Governing Law​ : This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the  laws of the State of Rhode Island.

By signing I agree to all Ten points above and I certify all of the following:
1. I am over 16 years of age
2. I have personal health coverage
3. I understand and agree that if I use my automobile in volunteer service, I must  have automobile insurance equal to or greater than the minimum limits required  by the state of RI.