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volunteer application update

Our application is currently closed and will reopen on July 1, 2024. We are restructuring our new volunteer onboarding schedule because our introductory animal care volunteer shifts are full. Applications will be opened for two weeks on a quarterly basis. We are still accepting volunteers in the areas of fostering, community service, service groups, animal transfer, community pet resources, and handiwork/landscaping. Please email volunteer@savinganimalstoday.org if you are interested in these other opportunities and we will get you onboarded sooner.

Your Impact

The Animal Friends Alliance Volunteer Team has over 600 of the most passionate individuals in Northern Colorado! Our Volunteer Team donated over 93,000 hours of their time in 2023 to help animals and people in our community. Volunteers help improve the lives of animals by caring for the cats and dogs in our shelters, the pets that come through the clinic, and fostering animals in their homes. Thank you for your interest in joining the Animal Friends Alliance Volunteer Team!

Philosophy of Volunteer Engagement

Volunteers are an essential part of Animal Friends Alliance’s Visionthat all companion animals experience a healthy home where they are wanted, cared for and lovedand Missionto provide comprehensive companion animal resources and education to the community to prevent pet homelessness and promote the human-animal bond. The empathy, generosity, and advocacy demonstrated by volunteers on behalf of the animals and people we serve creates a unique environment at Animal Friends Alliance where the opportunity for service and healing can create social change. Through volunteers’ high standards of animal care, active engagement in community outreach on behalf of our organization, and mentorship of new volunteers, Animal Friends Alliance is able to expand our reach to save more lives, help place and keep more animals in loving homes, and offer an inclusive space to perform volunteer service in Northern Colorado.

Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Care Volunteer

Animal Care Volunteers care for adoptable cats and dogs at our shelters. They are responsible for cleaning, feeding, assisting with medical care, and enrichment, including walking, playtime, and socialization. 

Foster Volunteer

Foster Volunteers provide temporary shelter and care for animals in their homes. They also transport fosters to and from the shelter for veterinary appointments, to offsite locations, and adoption events. Foster volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a home check. Please visit the Foster Volunteer page for more information.

Community Outreach Volunteer

Community Outreach Volunteers help us spread the word about Animal Friends Alliance services and programs. Responsibilities can include: posting event flyers in the community, taking photographs, and staffing our booth at outreach events and Supply Drives.

Supply Drive volunteers help us set up and run supply drives at local grocery stores where we ask shoppers to donate items on a wishlist. These are essential for our shelter and other Animal Friends Alliance programs’ operations, ensuring we have the resources needed to care for and support animals in need. 

Kibble Distribution Volunteers

Kibble Distribution Volunteers help us distribute free pet food and supplies to people in need and check in clients on kibble distribution days. Kibble Supply volunteers are also needed to help organize the Kibble Closet by sorting donations and arranging items by category.

Service Projects

Is your service club or company interested in volunteering at Animal Friends Alliance? Animal Friends Alliance allows clubs, service groups, and corporations the opportunity to develop valuable team-building skills while lending their time and expertise to a great cause – helping animals! Service projects could include: hosting a supply drive, or cleaning our shelter, event flyering, assistanting during outreach events, etc. This can be a one time volunteer opportunity or recurring service projects.