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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.

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

Shift availability changes frequently and 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:  Adoption Support volunteers help customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches. By utilizing shelter technology including tablets and computers, volunteers ar eable to give customers animal health and behavior histories and facilitate visitations. If there is down time between customers, volunteers 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. 
  • 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. 

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization.  Volunteers walk dogs in designated areas on AHS property only.

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.

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.

Other Agency Transfer Puppy Bather: Volunteers bathe puppies that have been transferred from other shetlers to help keep them healthy and clean. Volunteers are called upon when the need arises.

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.

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.

While we are fortunate to have a great deal of community support, this can result in longer wait times for prospective volunteers to begin. We strive to get new volunteers into the program as quickly as we can. This process from start to finish can take up to two months to complete depending on application volume and because of our thorough training. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Animal Humane Society!