Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Roles:
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 highlighted roles are considered “high need” and we require an initial 6 hour commitment in one of these “high need” roles. 


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.  Shift Times: Varies depending on role and availability. Training Required: Cat Socialization and Dog Enrichment training, individual training with staff or an experienced volunteer.


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.

Vaccine Clinic Greeter: Outgoing volunteers are needed to assist with the Shelter’s busy vaccine clinic onsite.  Volunteers assist with paperwork, help patrons and take animals to and from the clinic area.  Ability to multi-task and be friendly with the public is a must. Shift Times: Fridays (3:30 – 6:00 p.m.) Training Required: Individual training with an experienced volunteer.

Vaccine Clinic Data Entry: Volunteers with excellent typing and data entry skills are needed to collect paperwork and enter people and animal information into our data base with detail and accuracy.  Shift Times: Fridays (4:15 – 6:15 p.m.) First Saturday of the month (9 – 11 a.m.) Training Required: Individual training with staff.


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.–12 p.m.) and Sat-Sun (8-11 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 -11:30 a.m.) and Sat-Sun (8-10:30 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 Required: Cat Socialization training. 


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 (8-11 a.m.) and Sat-Sun (7:30 – 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: Mon-Fri (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. 


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.

We will begin taking general applications again on Wednesday, May 13th. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!


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


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