Do you love helping fill an animal’s hungry belly? Giving a dog her daily exercise, cuddling a kitten, or greeting visitors as they enter our Shelter? We have many unique and fulfilling volunteer positions to fit your skills and interests!
Most of our volunteer positions require a regular weekly or every-other-week shift. While we make every attempt to place volunteers in their preferred roles, not every position may be available at the time you apply. However, the roles in red are considered “high need” — we are asking every new volunteer to commit to at least one of these “high need” roles for 6 hours.
Foster Parents: Loving volunteers are needed to care for Shelter animals in their homes. Fostering is very rewarding and essential to the animal rescue and adoption efforts at the Shelter. The time frame is generally 1-8 weeks at a time depending on the animal’s needs. The Foster department will work with the foster parent’s schedule and will match the right animal with the right foster home. A home visit will be conducted before being approved for this position. Please contact our Foster Care Manager at email@example.com or 720.407.5231 for details.
Health Care: Detail-oriented volunteers with good animal skills are needed to assist the Health Care staff in a variety of capacities, including giving medications to animals, supporting veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the surgical unit, sterilizing surgical packs, and releasing animals from surgery. Volunteers with a veterinary, vet tech, nursing and/or other type of medical background are given priority for Health Care Roles. Shift Times: Varies depending on role and availability. Training Required: Cat Socialization training, Dog Enrichment training, individual training with staff or an experienced volunteer
HIGH NEED ROLES
WORKING WITH PEOPLE:
Dog Kennel Guides: Friendly volunteers who enjoy working with people and animals are needed to assist the public in the front lobby and in the kennels helping to show dogs for adoption. Shift Times: Mon – Fri (11 – 1 p.m.), (2:30-4:30 p.m.) and (4:30-7 p.m.) & Sat-Sun (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), (12:30 -3:30 p.m.) and (3:30-6 p.m.)
Training Required: Dog Enrichment training, Kennel Guide training + 10 hours of dog enrichment experience at Foothills Animal Shelter
Cat Guide and Socialize: Outgoing volunteers who enjoy working with people and animals are needed to assist the public in the front lobby and in the cat adoption room. Volunteers will split their time between showing cats for adoption and socializing with the cats and kittens during slower times. Shift Times: Mon – Fri (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), (1-3 p.m.), (3 – 5 p.m.) and (5-7 p.m.) & Sat-Sun (10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), (12:00 -2:00 p.m.), (2:00-4:00 p.m.) and (4-6 p.m.)
Training Required: Cat Socialization training, Kennel Guide training + 10 hours of cat socialization experience at Foothills Animal Shelter
Lobby Ambassador: This greeter position works with Customer Care staff and is essential to the flow of the front lobby area. Friendly volunteers with excellent people skills are needed to welcome patrons, answer questions and guide the public to the appropriate places in the Shelter. Shift Times: Mon – Fri (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m.), Sat-Sun (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), (12:30 -3:30 p.m.) and (3:30-6 p.m.)
Training Required: Lobby Ambassador training
Tour Guides: Foothills Animal Shelter provides facility tours to numerous business, community and school groups throughout the year. Friendly, upbeat volunteers with excellent communication skills are needed to assist in giving tours of the Shelter. Shift Times: Tour Guides are placed on a roster and given tour dates and times to choose from on a regular basis.
Training Required: Tour Guide training
Offsite Events: Outgoing and friendly volunteers with excellent community relations skills are needed to represent the Shelter and effectively communicate with the public at special events and fairs. Some events will require volunteers to transport adoptable dogs to and from the Shelter. This role involves being a positive representative of the Shelter for the public. Shift times: Volunteers are placed on a roster and given event dates, times, and type, (i.e. table event vs. adoption event), to choose from on a regular basis.
Training Required: Dog Enrichment training and Offsite event training.
WORKING WITH CATS AND CRITTERS:
Cat Kennel Clean and Socialize: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for Shelter cats and kittens’ health and well-being and helps support adoptions. Cat-loving volunteers are needed to clean the adoption rooms and socialize cats and kittens. Shift Times: Mon- Fri (9 a.m.–11 p.m.) and Sat-Sun (8-10 a.m.)
Training Required: Cat Socialization training and individual training with staff
Small Animal Clean and Socialize: Volunteers who would enjoy working with combinations of small mammals, reptiles and/or birds are needed to clean enclosures and socialize with animals in Critter Corner. Shift Times: Mon-Fri (9 -11:00 a.m.) and Sat-Sun (8-10:00 a.m.)
Training Required: Individual training with staff
Cat Socialization: This program is designed to increase adoptability while helping felines maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. Cat-loving volunteers are needed to give adoptable cats and kittens time, attention and affection. Shift Times: Mon–Fri (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), (1-3 p.m.), (3-5 p.m.) and (5–7 p.m.) & Sat-Sun (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) (12-2 p.m.), (2-4 p.m.) and (4-6 p.m.) Training
Training Required: Cat Socialization training
WORKING WITH DOGS:
Dog Kennel Cleaning: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for the health and wellbeing of Shelter dogs and helps support adoptions. Volunteers are needed to help keep clean kennels in the dog adoption areas. Shift Times: Mon–Fri (7:30-11 a.m.) and Sat-Sun (7:00 – 10 a.m.)
Training Required: Dog Enrichment training and individual training with staff
Dog Enrichment: The Dog Enrichment program is designed to increase adoptability while helping dogs maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. Dog-loving volunteers are needed to exercise, walk, socialize and provide basic training for adoptable Shelter dogs. Spot cleaning is also required. Shift Times: Mon–Fri (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), (1-3 p.m.) and (4:30–7 p.m.) & Sat-Sun (10 a.m. -12 p.m.), (12-2 p.m.) and (3:30-6 p.m.)
Training Required: Dog Enrichment Training
Doggercise: As a component of the Dog Enrichment program (see above), Doggercise is a morning walk (during closed hours) giving adoptable dogs exercise and training time on trails near the Shelter. Shift Times: (8:45-11 a.m.) and Sat-Sun (7:45-10 a.m.)
Training Required: Dog Enrichment training
Kibble Care (Feeding): “Kibble Care” volunteers help with feeding and watering Shelter dogs, washing bowls and spot cleaning as needed. Nurturing volunteers are needed to help feed dogs of all types and sizes. Shift Times: Mon-Fri (3-5 p.m.) Sat & Sun (2-4 p.m.)
Training Required: Dog Enrichment training and individual training with staff
Supporting the FACILITY and grounds:
Laundry Volunteers: Taking care of thousands of animals makes for a lot of laundry! Organized volunteers are needed to sort donations, operate the washer/dryer, fold and organize clean laundry. Shift Times: Flexible 2-3 hour morning and afternoon shifts 7 days per week.
Facility Maintenance/Grounds Keeping: Volunteers are needed to help keep our Shelter grounds, yards and walkways safe and beautiful. Duties include weeding, watering, edging, etc. Shift Times: Varies as needed with some flexibility.
Not quite 16 yet, but hoping to help? Check out these ideas below:
Youth Volunteer and Outreach Opportunities
Raising funds, donations and awareness for the Shelter
- Host a Spaghetti Dinner, Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand or other food fundraiser
- Have an art auction
- Host a car wash to support the animal shelter
- Host a donation drive
- Create signs or presentations about an animal welfare issue to post or present at your events
- Share our adoptable animals on social media
- Inform your friends about pet homelessness, overpopulation and the benefits of spay and neuter
- Encourage people you know to adopt, not shop and to visit this animal shelter or their local shelter
- Choose an animal welfare issue for your next humanities project at school
Making Enrichment toys for our animals
For the T-shirt and Fleece toys any clean, strong material will work but fleece and cotton are recommended
- Braided Rope Toys-large and small
- Braided Frisbee-for a rug but stop at Frisbee sized-large and small
- Braided Rope toys with tennis ball-large and small
- Knotted Rope toys-large and small
- Puff Balls
- Fleece Blanket-can be made dog or cat sized!
- Small Animal Puzzles
- Small Animal Maze-can make for mouse sized or rabbit sized!