Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Golden Valley shelter? Here are our entry level and advanced roles! Below the role listings is a link to our online application for our Golden Valley shelter.
Our Golden Valley location is our most popular in terms of volunteer service. While we are fortunate to have a great deal of community support, this can result in longer volunteer wait times for prospective volunteers to begin. We strive to get new volunteers into the program as quickly as we can. Depending on application volume it can take up to two months from applying until you are trained and ready to start volunteering.
Entry Level Volunteer Roles Available in Golden Valley - No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.
Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working in Dog Adoption Support provide two important roles in helping to fulfill our mission. The first is customer assistance on the adoption floor, answering questions from visitors and facilitating dog visitations. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our dogs happy, healthy and adoptable. Currently we are in need of volunteers Wednesday and Thursday 3-5:30pm. There are no evening or weekend volunteer shifts at this time.
Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working in Cat Adoption Support provide two important roles in helping to fulfill our mission. The first is customer assistance on the adoption floor, answering questions from visitors and facilitating cat visitations. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our cats happy, healthy and adoptable. Weekday, daytime shifts available; some evening and weekend shifts available.
Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs waiting for adoption with needed exercise and socialization. Volunteers walk dogs in designated areas on AHS property only. Currently, volunteer shifts are available Mondays and Fridays in the morning or weekend shifts.
Training Support: One of the ways in which Animal Humane Society engages the community to help the animals is by providing training and behavior programming. These programs create well-behaved and manageable pets, which are more likely to stay in their current homes and less likely to end up in the shelter system. Through this work, volunteers play a pivotal support role in keeping animals in their homes. No experience required. This role requires a weekly commitment. Currently this role is filled!
Education Programs Support: Volunteers working in this role assist with PetSet Youth Club or our Unleashed Express Mini Camps, two programs we offer to youth in our community. PetSet and Unleashed are both led by AHS Humane Educators and volunteers lend their time and experience to help ensure great experiences for youth. Volunteers assist educators by making sure that activities run smoothly and that the kids get the instructional attention they need. There are also opportunities for volunteers to get more involved by developing curriculum and planning and preparing fun and educational activities.
Wildlife Transport: Volunteers working as Wildlife Transporters use their own vehicles to provide needed transportation to injured, orphaned and ill wildlife as they move to a rehabilitation and/or rescue facility to receive the care and treatment they need. This is a seasonal position, typically from March to November. Volunteer shifts are in the evening only, 7 days a week.
Advanced Volunteer Roles - (current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully acquired 36 hours of volunteer experience)
Animal Care Assistant Volunteer: Volunteers working in Animal Care help fulfill the mission by providing animals with clean, comfortable housing, socialization, and dog walking, that leads to healthier happier and ultimately more adoptable animals.
Exam Assistant: Volunteers working in the Exam Department provide support to the Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians during the animals’ exam process and help provide treatment to the animals in our care.
Surgery Suite: 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.
Wildlife Exam: Volunteers working in the Wildlife Exam Room provide support to the Veterinary Technicians giving injured wildlife the care and treatment they need to recover from a wide range of maladies.
Adoption Preparation: Volunteers working in Adoption Preparation use specific behavior modification protocols to help prepare shy and fearful animals for the adoption floor and help them ultimately find a new home.
Animal Bather: Volunteers help groom and bathe animals available for adoption (primarily dogs) to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters. This is an add-on role for current volunteers on an as needed basis.
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. This is an add-on role for current volunteers looking for ways to be more involved.
Our mission, vision, and values
Mission: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
Vision: To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
Values: Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.