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. We have several high-need roles open. We are asking that all new volunteer commit to at least one  high-need role for 6 hours.

High-Need Roles

Toby’s Pet Parade: On September 16, over 100 volunteers are needed to help with setting up and tearing down, checking in participants, running the information and licensing booths, painting faces, and many more fun roles.

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 am–11 pm) and Sat-Sun (8-10 am). 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 am) and Sat-Sun (8-10 am). Training Required: Individual training with staff.

Dog Kennel Cleaning: Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for the health and well-being 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 am) and Sat-Sun (7 – 10 am). 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: Sat-Sun (3:30-6 p.m.). Training Required: Dog Enrichment Training.

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.

fOSTER CARE

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 foster@fas4pets.org or 720.407.5231 for details.

HEALTH CARE

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.

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 pm), (2:30-4:30 pm) and (4:30-7 pm) & Sat-Sun (10 am-12:30 pm), (12:30-3:30 pm) and (3:30-6 pm). 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 am-1 pm), (1-3 pm), (3-5 pm) and (5-7 pm) & Sat-Sun (10 am-12 pm), (12-2 pm), (2-4 pm) and (4-6 pm). 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, Tues and Thurs (11 am-1 pm and 4-6:30 pm), Wed and Fri (11 am- 1 pm), (4:30-7 pm) & Sat-Sun (10 am-12:30 pm), (12:30-3:30 pm) and (3:30-6 pm).

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 Socialization: This program is designed to increase adoptability while helping felines maintain their physical and mental well-being. Cat-loving volunteers are needed to give adoptable cats and kittens time, attention and affection. Shift Times: Mon–Fri (11 am-1 pm), (1-3 pm), (3-5 pm) and (5-7 pm) & Sat-Sun (10 am-12 pm) (12-2 pm), (2-4 pm) and (4-6 pm). Training Required: Cat Socialization training.

WORKING WITH DOGS

Dog Enrichment: The Dog Enrichment program is designed to increase adoptability while helping dogs maintain their physical and mental well-being. 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 am-1 pm), (1-3 pm) and (4:30-7 pm) & Sat-Sun (10 am-12 pm) and (12-2 pm). 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 am) and Sat-Sun (7:45-10 am). Training Required: Dog Enrichment training.

Surgery Dog Walker: Volunteers are needed in the mornings to help our staff get dogs on the surgery list outside for a quick potty break before going to the surgery suite. This is a perfect shift for someone who wants to combine Surgery Dog Walking and Doggercise for a morning filled with loving on dogs! Shift Times: Mon-Sat (8-9 am). Training Required: Dog Enrichment training and individual training with staff.

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 pm) Sat & Sun (2-4 pm). Training Required: Dog Enrichment training and individual training with staff.

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