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Volunteering in Golden Valley

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 — 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.

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:

  • Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Cat Adoption Support work in the cat area and focus on helping customers with cats and secondarily clicker training cats.  Currently, volunteer shifts in Cat Adoption are extremely limited
  • 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. Currently, volunteer shifts in Dog Adoption are extremely limited; primary availability is weekends

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization.  Volunteers walk dogs in designated areas on AHS property only. Currently, volunteer shifts in Dog Walking are extremely limited; primary availability is weekday, daytime

Adoption Support shifts of 2.5 to 3 hours are between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Dog Walking shifts of 2.5 to 3 hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Animal Care Assistant Volunteer:  Volunteers help provide for animals basic care needs including maintaining clean, comfortable housing areas and upkeep of laundry and dishes. Volunteers also have the opportunity to help provide enrichment for our animals not yet ready for adoption.

Training Support: Assist our trainers as they instruct classes to help owners teach good behavior and manners to their pets.  Well behaved pets are more likely to stay in their homes and less likely to end up in the shelter system.  Our classes have a fun and upbeat atmosphere using only positive reinforcement techniques!  No experience required.  This role requires a weekly commitment. 

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

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 late afternoon 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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