Animal Rescue Project provides many volunteer opportunities working with dogs, cats, other volunteers, and the public. The following is a list of some of these opportunities. If you have any special skills or ideas that will help the organization, please talk to our volunteer coordinator.
All volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation and complete the appropriate paperwork before volunteering with ARP. To get started, please fill out a volunteer application, and we'll contact you to schedule your orientation.
Our community service program helps volunteers meet requirements set for them through schools, scout troops, district court, and other organizations. To participate, community service volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation and schedule their community service hours with the volunteer coordinator. You will be given credit for the service hours and tasks that you commit to and then successfully complete. Only the volunteer coordinator signs for community service hours. (See community service guidelines for more details.)
Volunteer opportunities at the shelter
You can volunteer at the shelter between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day except between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The public is also at the shelter during open hours (see the Shelter Open Hours schedule at the right).
As a dog walker, you provide dogs with exercise and socialization, start basic training if necessary, and help maintain previous training. This helps the dogs and makes them more adoptable. You can start walking dogs immediately after orientation.
You can also sign out a dog with staff approval and take the dog to the park, the pet store, or another approved location. Be sure to let everyone you interact with know that your companion is up for adoption — you can take an ARP information sheet to share.
ARP cats and kittens have free-range rooms at the shelter. When you volunteer with our shelter cats, you play with cats and kittens, help socialize shy kittens and cats, and groom long-haired cats. After you've gotten to know the cats and kittens, you can introduce them to prospective adopters.
During our open hours, volunteers answer the phone, greet visitors, show them adoptable animals, help them interact with the animals, answer questions, and get to know potential adopters to help them find a good match. You can sign up for a shift from two to four hours.
Volunteers run the ARP office. These are some tasks that you can help with:
You can do these tasks from our shelter office or from home:
We administer much of the medical care at our shelter with the help of experienced staff and volunteers:
- Give routine vaccinations and tests.
- Groom dogs.
We work to keep our shelter clean and in good repair. We often need volunteers for various projects:
- General construction work
Our volunteers provide short-term and long-term foster care. More about this opportunity is on our Foster page.
Adoption counselors volunteer at the shelter, at adoption events, or both. If you can commit to consistent participation at adoption events or shelter open hours, you can enter our adoption counselor program. Current adoption counselors will teach you the procedures for cat and dog adoptions.
We have dog and cat adoption events every Saturday at various locations. You can contribute to their success by volunteering in any of these ways:
- Set up and tear down at events.
- Transport animals and supplies to and from events.
- Greet visitors and provide information about ARP.
- Help visitors meet and select pets.
- Walk dogs during dog adoption events.
Please let us know if you'd like to commit to one, two, or more Saturdays a month. If you can be there for only part of the event, you can still help with transport, setting up, and tearing down afterwards.
In addition to transporting dogs and cats to and from adoption events, volunteers transport them to and from vet appointments. Often one volunteer drives them to the vet for an overnight stay before spay or neuter surgery, and another volunteer picks them up the next day.
Fundraising and community outreach
Our fundraising committee develops and organizes fundraising events to raise valuable funds to support our mission. We need volunteers at all levels of fundraising, from event staffing to leadership.
- Set up dates and times for events.
- Develop a plan for transport of all supplies for the event.
- Assist with marketing and publicity.
- Work with volunteer services to staff the event.
- Develop a site plan.
- Contact city officials to obtain proper permits.
- Supervise at events to ensure proper management.
Other community outreach
You can contribute in any of these areas:
- Publicity events
- Presentations to community organizations
- Community outreach for sponsorship program
- Sales and maintenance of display materials
- Donation canister program
If you're good at writing or taking photos of animals, we could use more help in these areas:
- Write blog posts (we have topics to write about).
- Write newsletter articles.
- Write featured dog and featured cat profiles.
- Take photos of cats and dogs for featured pet profiles and for Petfinder.