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. This is an advanced volunteer role open only to volunteers who have completed at least 36 hours of service at the Golden Valley location.
Volunteers working in 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 visitations. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our animals happy, healthy and adoptable. Check for current availability.
Animal Care Assistant
Volunteers working in animal care help fulfill the mission by providing animals with clean, comfortable housing that leads to healthier happier and ultimately more adoptable animals. This volunteer role is only available at the Golden Valley location.
Volunteers transport and release sterilized free-roaming cats back to the locations they were trapped as part of our return-to-field program. Volunteers opt in to receive text messages when cats are ready for transport, and choose the individual cases they transport. This is an add-on, on-call role for active volunteers.
Volunteers provide dogs waiting for adoption with needed exercise and socialization. Volunteers walk dogs in designated areas on AHS property only. Check for current availability.
Education Programs Support
Volunteers working in this role assist with Youth Club or our Youth Mini Camps, two programs we offer to youth in our community. Youth Club and Youth Camps 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. Check for current availability.
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. Check for current availability.
Surgical Prep 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 Animal Humane Society each year. Check for current availability.
Volunteers help groom and bathe dogs available for adoption to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters. This is an add-on, on-call role for active volunteers.
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, on-call volunteer role for active volunteers.
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. This role requires a weekly commitment. No experience necessary. Check for current availability.
Volunteers work with our vet services staff to help administer morning medication to animals. Check for current availability.