Thank you for your interest in becoming a Pet Savers Volunteer!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Pet Savers. Truly, without amazing, compassionate volunteers like you, we would not be able to continue our important work caring for the hundreds of animals that come our way each year.
Volunteers are needed 7 days a week. An experienced, dedicated volunteer base makes all the difference to the animals in our shelter!
Love animals? Your generous donation of time makes a real difference in the lives of both our animals and our human team. We can ALWAYS use volunteers in many different capacities, both hands on and hands off.
Fencing, general maintenance, socializing animals, assisting with feeding, bathing, cleaning, transport, data entry, and much, much more. Have a special talent and the time to lend it on behalf of the animals? Let us know! We are always open to savvy volunteers to help us out in ways we have not thought of.
Our Volunteer Application form can be emailed to Volunteer For Pet Savers.
A member of the Pet Savers team will contact you to discuss your application. You will receive training specific to your important Volunteer position.
Please print, read and sign our Volunteer Contract and bring it with you on the day you begin your service with Pet Savers.
Questions? Please contact us at Volunteer For Pet Savers.
Greet and assist potential adopters in pet selection, explain adoption policies, answer questions, remove pets from kennels/runs and allow potential adopters to interact with animal. Assist with general Administrative duties. Time Commitment = at least one day per week from 12:00p.m. � 4:00p.m. Saturday is our busiest day.
Cat Socialization & Grooming
This one-on-one attention ensures cats get the exercise and stress relief to keep them adoptable, active, happy, and healthy. Assist the public with visiting with the cats and help our cats find their forever homes.
Dog Socialization & Grooming
Exercise and socialize dogs to increase adoptability; bathe and groom animals to make them more comfortable and adoptable. Assist the public with visiting with the dogs and help our dogs find their forever homes.
Give the dogs the socialization and heart-healthy exercise they need with a brisk walk around the neighborhood. We require completion of a minimum of 40 hours as a Shelter Assistant Volunteer in order to be considered as a Dog Walker. Dog Walkers must fulfill one scheduled shift per week.
Dog Day Adventures
Take a dog out for a day of fun and adventure. Put the dog in an “Adopt Me” vest, sign him or her out for the day and head to a local park, coffee shop or downtown. Give your favorite dog a little bit more exposure, increase their opportunity for adoption and allow them a nice break from the shelter. Must become a Dog Walker before being promoted for Dog Day Adventures.
Volunteers ages 12 -17 years are Junior Volunteers. At this time we have limited opportunities for Junior Volunteers. We will work with High School Seniors who need to complete required educational volunteer hours. Join our Junior Volunteer call to action list and we will call you when opportunities abound!
There is always something that needs to be done at Pet Savers – Chain link fence repair, wood fence repair, staining or painting wood, gardening, lawn mowing, minor building repairs, painting, clean up, etc. Your “handy-person” skills are always needed somewhere with us.
What’s more rewarding than helping people help their pets? Volunteer to help answer phone calls and feel good about helping to solve problems and find solutions. Educate people about Pet Savers programs and services.
Take digital photos and compose appealing and fun descriptions of shelter animals for the Pet Savers web site and/or PetFinder.com; write articles for the Pet Savers web site and newsletters.
Clean cat rooms and dog and puppy runs. Feed and water animals. Help exercise the dogs, praise them with treats and attention. This is a critical Volunteer position that helps give our pets a safe and pleasant place to live.
Social Media Volunteer
This is an opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering at home for Pet Savers’ social media outlets. These include Facebook, Twitter, and the ability to develop more social media outreach. You must have your own email address, access to a computer and working knowledge of previously mentioned sites.
Special Events Support
We have many events throughout the year. Sign up to be on our email list and we will call upon you to help out with the next event. Events range from adoption events to fundraising events. Most events happen on the weekend but are guaranteed to be a blast!
We are always in need of assistance to transport pet to and fro doctor appointments and other activities. Sign up to be on the call list!
- At least 18 years old (If you are 12-17 years old, the Junior Volunteer Program can provide a wonderful volunteer experience when opportunities are available.)
- Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals.
- Possess strong customer service and clear communication skills, as all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers.
- Works both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions during both daylight and potentially after dark.
- Frequent exposure to loud noise, odors, fumes, chemicals, and animal waste.
- Walks on paved and unpaved surfaces and flooring that may be uneven and may be wet or dry.
- Exposure to controlled substances, needles, syringes, and other supplies used in basic veterinary care of animals.
- Exposure to animals that may be agitated and attempt to bite or scratch.
Fostering a pet requires a special type of person. We look for foster homes where there is someone usually always home and a person who has the time, patience, and experience to foster.
Please keep in mind the foster homes we typically look for our homes that can foster cats/kittens, larger dogs, or sick/injured animals. Healthy and easy-to-place animals typically don’t go into foster, unless we’re having space issues.
What kind of animals need foster care?
• Puppies and kittens under two months old
• Mothers with nursing litters
• Dogs and cats with medical conditions or injuries
• Special needs fosters
Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own?
Yes, we welcome pet owners as foster volunteers. Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals, in any setting. However, the risk is minimal if your pets are vaccinated and in good health.
How long do animals need to stay in foster care?
The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The timeframe of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.