About Volunteering

Volunteers help Foothills Animal Shelter rescue, care for, reunite and adopt thousands of animals every year. We could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers! While we are extremely appreciative of any and all community members willing to volunteer their time in so many different capacities, we have streamlined our program to be more efficient and to ultimately help the animals and community most effectively.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Foothills Animal Shelter!  We will begin taking general applications again on Wednesday, May 13th. At that time, please return to this website to fill out an application online. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering!

General Volunteer Requirements
  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Willing to make a 6-month commitment with a weekly or every other week shift – totaling a minimum of 8 hours of service per month
  • Willing to make a one-time 6 hour commitment with a “high need” role ( “high need” roles highlighted below and on application)
  • Have reviewed current volunteer roles and shift times
  • Fill out an application
  • Willing to have a phone interview, if more information is needed
  • Pass a criminal background check (cost $17.75)
  • Attend orientation and go through specialized trainings – dependent upon position(s)
  • Have a home visit (for foster volunteers only)
  • Contribute a fee ($17) to cover the cost of volunteer t-shirt and name tag
  • Have regular access to an email account and internet connection for Shelter communications

Here’s a list of future volunteer application and orientation dates for 2020:


Winter Applications Are now closed


Winter Volunteer Orientation:

Saturday, February 8 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Winter Animal Training Days:

Thursday, February 13: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)

Saturday, February 15: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)


Summer Applications Open Online: May 13th


Early Summer Volunteer Orientation:

Saturday, June 13 (9:00 – 1:00 pm)

Early Summer Animal Training Days:

Thursday, June 18: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)

Saturday, June 20: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)


Fall Applications Open Online: September 15th


Fall Volunteer Orientation:

Saturday, October 10 (9:00 – 1:00 pm)

Fall Animal Training Days:

Thursday, October 15: Cats (8:30– 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)

Saturday, October 17: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)

If you have general questions about volunteering, please contact Kristen Galles at 720-407-5216 or kgalles@fas4pets.org.

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