Shelters need volunteers to do everything from feeding, caring for,
and keeping rescue animals company, to assisting at adoption events, stuffing envelopes for mailings, and spearheading fundraisers.
As a volunteer, you’ll get an opportunity to give needy animals much-needed love and attention.
- Cats will need their cages and litter boxes cleaned, and many will also appreciate a good cuddle or some quality playtime.
- Dog walking is a great way to give shelter dogs the exercise they need, because many are confined to cages.
Walking also gives dogs an opportunity for socialization and to learn the on-leash skills they’ll need in their new lives. If walking dogs is not for you, you can volunteer as a driver. Rescued animals often need to be shuttled between shelters, or to and from the vet.
In most cases, you will need to fill out application forms to be a shelter volunteer.
Some shelters require you to sign a liability-release agreement; some require you to attend volunteer orientation classes before
you work with them. For more information and details, check your local shelters’ websites.