volunteer in animal welfare

When you volunteer in animal welfare, you join a dedicated group of people who care passionately about the well-being of the animals. Volunteers celebrate success and support each other during difficult moments.

Get Started As a Volunteer

  • Research different organizations and contact them to determine their specific volunteer needs.

  • Ask if there are any special requirements to volunteer with the organization (i.e.Minimum age requirements, commitment of hours, orientation or training, etc.).

  • Have an idea of how you’d like to do to contribute (see volunteer tasks below).

What Do Volunteers Do?

  • Socialize animals: walking dogs, holding cats, teaching manners, offering comfort and playing, giving treats, etc.

  • Photography: taking photos to promote the animals for adoption, which is critical for marketing & social networking

  • Transport: literally saving lives by driving the animal to the safety of a rescue partner, getting a rescue animal to a vet appointment, etc.

  • Events: taking animals and/or representing the shelter/rescue organization through public outreach.

  • Improving shelter/rescue facilities: building new play yards, painting and decorating for holidays, planting flowers, etc.

  • Animal comforts:preparing treats (kongs, treat bars), doing wash for clean blankets and towels

  • Promotions: help organize promotions that benefit the rescue/shelter (fundraising) or that benefit the animals directly (treat drives, towel/blanket collections, etc.)