Volunteer at AHS

From in-shelter support to at-home foster care, volunteers support every facet of our work. Together, we're creating a more humane world for animals.

Explore opportunities and apply Review volunteering FAQs

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. If you're younger than 16, there are other ways to support animals and AHS.
  • Volunteers must read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information and follow shelter rules.
  • Human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles. Volunteers must always communicate professionally.
  • Volunteers must understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.
  • New in-shelter volunteers are required to begin in an entry-level role and are not allowed to take on tasks that require direct animal handling. Foundational volunteers offer their time and talents to AHS without having to commit to long-term volunteering or a specific shift.
  • Most volunteer roles require volunteers to stand, and/or walk for up to three hours; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; reach and lift; possess vision abilities including close vision, distance vision and depth perception; and speak to customers, employees, and other volunteers.

Group volunteer opportunities

Your group can support our work and the animals in our care by coordinating and participating in offsite group service projects (like making toys, collecting and donating items from our “wish list,” or holding a fundraiser). Learn more about group volunteering options.

Volunteer roles and application process

Animal lovers who are interested in becoming a volunteer at AHS must complete a four-step process. Learn more about available opportunities (including foster volunteering), the application process, and what to expect once you’ve submitted your application.

Current volunteers

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