As a nonprofit organization, The Animal Foundation relies on, and could not accomplish all that we do without the assistance of caring and dedicated volunteers in all of our programs. Our goal is to find you a volunteer position worthy of your unique talents, and one that excites and inspires you.

Attend a Volunteer Orientation

The first step to become a volunteer is to join us at one of our Volunteer Orientation events where you will learn what it means to volunteer at The Animal Foundation. Simply choose a date listed below and fill out the linked form to register. It’s that easy to begin your journey as a Volunteer: Agents for Change.

Click on the date and time that works best for you to attend.

All Orientation Sessions are held in the Large Conference Room at Clark County Library:

Clark County Library
1401 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

At orientation, you’ll learn about the different volunteer opportunities to help you decide if the commitment involved is the right fit for you. If you wish to continue, you will be given information on the next step in the application process. Once your application is complete, you will be required to attend one or more training sessions based on your area of interest.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteering is limited to those 16 years old and over.
  • Volunteers ages 16-17 require parental consent for their application, but a parent does not need to accompany them.
  • All volunteers must sign a General Release and our Volunteer Code of Conduct before volunteering at The Animal Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

•What do Animal Foundation volunteers do?

Our pawsome volunteers do A LOT! Tasks include walking dogs, cuddling kitties, helping out at events, taking photos of our adoptable pets and more! Our goal is to find you a volunteer position worthy of your unique talents, and one that excites and inspires you. For more information on available opportunities, visit our volunteer opportunities page.

•Are there age requirements?

You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at The Animal Foundation. Volunteers ages 16-17 require parental consent for their application, but a parent does not need to accompany them.

•Can I get community service hours for school credit at The Animal Foundation?

Yes you can! Attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation and follow the guidelines given to potential new volunteers!

•Can I perform court-ordered community service or satisfy community service requirements for a Division of Welfare program at The Animal Foundation?

Yes, but you do not need to attend orientation. If you are interested in performing court-ourdered community service with us, please contact HELP of Southern Nevada at 369-HELP (4357) to obtain a court-accepted timesheet. If you are interested in fulfilling requirements for a Division of Welfare program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

•I’m excited to volunteer! How do I get started?

We’re excited to have you join our team of pawsitively amazing volunteers. Your first step is to attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation.

At orientation, you’ll receive our volunteer handbook and learn about the different volunteer opportunities to help you decide if the commitment involved is the right fit for you. If you wish to continue, you will be given information on the next step in the application process.

Once your application is complete, you will be required to attend one or more training sessions based on your area of interest.

•After orientation and training, will I be an “official” volunteer?

Almost! There is a three month probationary period during which you’re considered a volunteer “Newbie”. You’ll be required to log a minimum of six volunteer hours per month for your first three months as a volunteer, demonstrate responsible animal handling and show us that you’re a reliable volunteer.

•Is there a minimum number of hours I must volunteer?

As mentioned above, you must log a minimum of six hours per month during the first three months (the “Newbie” period). Once you have successfully completed your Newbie commitment, you will have more leway with your scheduling. Please note that no activity for six months or more will result in your volunteer status being deactivated, unless you make prior arrangements with the Volunteer Coordinator. After deactivation, you may need to repeat certain trainings to regain your “active” status.

•What days and times do I have to be at the shelter?

Active volunteers may log hours anytime between 11:00am and 7:00pm seven days a week. Newbie hours are more restrictive and will depend on the department in which you’re volunteering. Scheduling for certain positions may be completed online through the Volunteer Portal, and other duties may be scheduled directly with the volunteer coordinator, appropriate department manager, or lead volunteer in that department.

•Are there volunteer activities that do not require driving to the shelter?

Yes! We regularly attend events and hold off-site adoptions at various locations around the Las Vegas Valley. Members of our Party Animal Street Team assist at those events. Additionally, we have recently opened a PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Henderson, and are seeking volunteers to assist there. Click here for information on off-site positions. Please note that in order to volunteer off-site, additional trainings may be required.

•Does it cost anything to be a volunteer?

There is a one-time $10 fee to pay for your volunteer t-shirt and administrative expenses. You may purchase additional volunteer t-shirts for $10.

•Can volunteering at The Animal Foundation help me get a job there? Can I get a reference for a job?

Excellent volunteers are often hired when paid positions are available. If appropriate, we are able to provide references.