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Become a Volunteer
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Volunteer Requirements

Age Requirements
  • Volunteers ages 18 and up may volunteer in the opportunity of their choice.
  • Volunteers under 18 years old are required to have a parent or guardian sign their Volunteer Release Form.
  • Dog Walking & Enrichment Volunteers
    • Volunteers ages 10-17 are permitted to volunteer in Dog Walking & Enrichment along with a parent or guardian who is also a trained volunteer.
    • No more than 2 children will be allowed to walk with an adult at once.
    • Volunteers ages 15-17 years old with required experience (training and 20 hours of service) can request to do Dog Walking & Enrichment alone.
  • Shelter Cat Care Volunteers
    • Volunteers ages 13-14 are permitted to volunteer in Shelter Cat Care & Enrichment along with a parent or guardian who is also a trained volunteer.
    • Volunteers ages 15-17 years old are permitted to volunteer in Shelter Cat Care & Enrichment.
    • Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer at the shelter.
Community Service
  • We accept volunteers 18 and over for court-ordered community service.
  • Community Service volunteers do not interact with animals. They provide shelter support including washing dishes, doing laundry, general cleaning, and special projects.
Time Commitment
  • We ask volunteers to commit to one volunteer shift per week. Volunteer shift times vary by assignment, but are always at least one hour long.
  • We ask volunteers to commit to four months of service to Animal Friends Alliance. Our volunteers are important to us, and we hope you will stay much longer!
  • We ask all volunteers to have an email address they will check at least once a week.
  • We ask all volunteers to help with one event or fundraiser 1 event per year. This could be a fundraising event such as our annual Gala for Animals, an outreach event, or a Kibble Supply distribution day.
Volunteer Fee

As part of our application process, we ask for a $30 volunteer fee ($45 for a parent and 2 children) to help cover the costs of your volunteer T-shirt, nametag, handouts, background check (if 18 or older), and our online volunteer information center. We hope it is a small price to pay for the good feeling of knowing that you are helping the animals and people in our community, but if you are unable to pay, please contact our Volunteer Program Administrator.

Please contact our Volunteer Program Administrator at volunteer@savinganimalstoday.org for more information.

Steps to become an Animal Friends Alliance volunteer

 Step 1: Fill out our online Volunteer Application Form

Step 2: Attend a volunteer orientation

Orientation serves as an introduction to our organization, our services and policies, the requirements to become a volunteer, and the positions that are currently available. It is a time for you to ask questions about positions you may be interested in or policies we hold.

Please check our event calendar for the next volunteer orientation and sign up using the link on the calendar.

Step 3: Pay volunteer fee & complete background check

The $30 volunteer fee covers your background check (applicable to adults 18 and over), a volunteer t-shirt, name tag, a copy of the volunteer manual & other handouts, and our volunteer database. The fee for minors (under the age of 18) is $20. If the fee is cost-prohibitive, or you prefer to pay by check or cash, please contact the Volunteer Program Administrator to make alternative arrangements.

You will be sent a link to pay the fee after you’ve attended a volunteer orientation.

Step 4: Sign up for an onboarding opportunity

During this time, we will go over the volunteer manual, policies and procedures, animal handling, reading animal body language, disease control, and more depending on the position you are volunteering for. You will also receive your t-shirt and name tag and go on a tour of the Campus where you will be volunteering.

Step 5: Complete training & start volunteering!

You will be matched with a Volunteer Mentor or Staff member who will begin your training for your position. Volunteers are welcome to hold as many positions as desired but must complete the necessary training for each position.

 Please contact our Volunteer Program Administrator at volunteer@savinganimalstoday.org if you have any questions.