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Volunteering in Buffalo

 

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Buffalo shelter? All of these roles are entry level. Here are our entry level and advanced roles and a link to our online application!

Entry level volunteer roles — No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.

Shift availability changes frequently, we are not able to guarantee a specific requested shift. We can work with volunteers to find a schedule that works for the volunteer based on shelter needs.

Roles currently available

Adoption Support:  If you were an animal in a shelter what would you want most?  You would want a home!  Adoption Counselors help customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches.  If there is down time between customers you will provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy. 

The following Adoption Support roles are currently available:

  • General Adoption Support: Volunteers work with dogs, cats and small mammals.  If there is down time between customers you will provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy. This is a weeknight role.
  • Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Dog Adoption Support work in the dog kennel and focus on helping customers with dogs and secondarily socializing dogs.  This is a weekend role.
  • Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Cat Adoption Support work in the cat areas and focus on helping customers with cats and secondarily socializing cats.  This is a weekend role.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization.

Surgical Assistant: Volunteers working in the Surgery Department provide support to the Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in order to efficiently Spay/Neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year.

Foster Care

If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Volunteer Application.

Add-on volunteer roles — Additional roles for current volunteers looking for ways to be more involved.  These tasks are occasional on an “as needed” basis.

Community Cats: Volunteers transport and release sterilized free-roaming cats to further control the outdoor cat population. Volunteers opt in to receive messages when cats are ready for transport and choose the individual cases they transport.

Rabbit Pawfiler: Volunteers evaluate the personalities of rabbits waiting for adoption based on their behavior and interactions with their environment and the volunteer. This information helps potential customers make informed decisions when adopting a rabbit.  No prior rabbit experience necessary. Training provided.

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