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.

At this time, we are only accepting applications for foster volunteers. We will begin taking general applications again in January 2020. 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
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Willing to make a 6-month commitment with a weekly 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” (highlighted below)
  • 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 $17.40)
  • 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 Open Online: January 15th


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)


Spring Applications Open Online: March 16th


Spring Volunteer Orientation:

Saturday, April 11 (9:00 – 1:00 pm)

Spring Animal Training Days:

Thursday, April 16: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)

Saturday, April 18: Cats (8:30 – 9:30 am) Dogs (9:45 – 11:30 am)


Early Summer Applications Open Online: May 15th


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)


Late Summer Applications Open Online: July 15th


Late Summer Volunteer Orientation:

Saturday, August 8 (9:00 – 1:00 pm)

Late Summer Animal Training Days:

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

Saturday, August 15: 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.

Required Community Service

Are you looking to fulfill requirements for court-ordered community service? Please click here for details.

Volunteers of the Month

Read about our volunteers and some of the amazing work they are doing to help homeless pets!