Volunteer Opportunities

Ways to Volunteer

  • Morning cleaning and animal care

  • Walking dogs and cuddling cats

  • Adoption counseling

  • Laundry and dishes

  • Pet photography

  • Fostering

  • Adoption events

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

  • Volunteers must attend an orientation.

  • There is no minimum (or maximum) hour commitment.

The Value of Volunteering

Learn Proper Animal Care and Compassion
Children & Adults who volunteer at Animal Rescues learn how to properly care for animals, be compassionate toward them as well as how much of a responsibility it is to bring a pet to their home. It also carries on to their life and friends and shows how volunteering brings them joy and comfort.

Make Connections
Volunteering connects you to other giving & caring individuals

Advance Your Knowledge
Volunteering can advance your career or education goals

Fun and Fulfilling
Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

Volunteering as a family
Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference & how good it feels to help other people & animals & enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community & find resources & activities for your children and family.

Volunteering Combats Depression
Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against depression.

Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.

Increases Self-Confidence
You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Provides Sense of Purpose
Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

Stay Healthy
Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

What our Volunteers Say!

Mikki Venable
I work here and sometimes when I am on the clock, I feel like I am not getting enough accomplished, but when I am volunteering, I get a much better feeling of satisfaction and productivity.

Betsy
I really enjoy contributing to a good cause, I work at a hospital and feel very accomplished when I am contributing.

Sue
Gives me an escape from football games on Sundays and some time to love on furry ones.

Julia
Teaches my kids responsibility and gets me some walking time with the dogs.

Cary
I get to spend time with animals, and as an animal lover that cannot have any in my apartment, it’s a very comforting experience. I also get to spend time with people I care about.