Volunteering to help people and their pets

By: Mary DeMars, Volunteer

Our organization would not be what it is without our volunteers. So many people continue to help the animals, donate items, show up to events, or support us through social media.

Volunteering not only helps our animals, but our people as well, by freeing up staff members’ time so they can attend to more animal care and enrichment needs. Volunteers interested in working with animals can walk dogs, socialize cats or become a foster family. Those interested in working with people can be guest experience volunteers, can assist with fundraising events, help with pet therapy visits, or help to take care of the building and grounds. Interested in volunteering? Please read more here.

Just a few rules of thumb for our adult volunteers:

  • Must be 18 years of age (for those under 18, please view our Youth Volunteer opportunities here.)
  • To help ensure continuity and consistency, volunteers are asked to commit to a regular weekly schedule of at least one hour each week or a total of at least 4 hours each month (although we always welcome more than 4 hours!)
  • Volunteers are expected to follow all general guidelines and protocols that will be shared at orientation.

There are lots of great opportunities for children of all ages to volunteer. (Please note that youth volunteer opportunities are currently closed until Summer Camps are completed).

A few of the volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Youth groups (ages 12+) can volunteer to help keep our facility clean by sweeping, mopping, doing laundry and more. 
  • Teens (ages 15+) old and up have the opportunity to  get involved in our Teenternship opportunities. 
  • After logging 12 hours of service, high school students are invited to participate in our Junior Board.

Find more information on our youth volunteer opportunities and fill out the volunteer form here.

If you love animals, and helping people and their pets, we encourage you to volunteer with us. We'll provide a wealth of opportunities not only to fulfill service hours but also to enjoy the feeling of giving back to the animals and people we're here to serve.

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