As a nonprofit organization, The Animal Foundation relies on 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.
We hope you’ll want to join us as we work to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley!
Your first step to become a volunteer with us is to submit a Volunteer Application. Once your application has been approved, you will be able to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation to learn more about all the exciting ways you can get involved.
Ready to get started? Please submit a Volunteer Application here!
Are there opportunities for volunteers under the age of 18?
At this time, our opportunities all require volunteers to be at least 18 years of age to participate. We are currently working on developing a Junior Volunteer Program, however, so keep an eye on our website for information when it launches!
Underage volunteers may also want to consider independent projects to benefit animals, such as holding fundraisers, organizing donation drives, or making homemade dog or cat toys.
What days and times are volunteer opportunities available?
We need volunteers seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Each volunteer position has different shift times, but in general, most current volunteer opportunities on campus are available 11:00am – 7:00pm every day of the week.
Do I have to volunteer a specific amount of time?
Once you commit to volunteering with us, we are counting on you to help us provide the highest quality of care for our animals and support for our programs. In general, we ask that you commit to at least 50 volunteer hours with us, due to the extensive training and experience it requires to become integrated into our Volunteer Program, and at least two (2) shifts per month to stay up-to-date on all protocols and procedures. You will get out of volunteering what you put into it – the more regularly you volunteer, the more familiar you will be with the facility, animals, staff, and fellow volunteers and the more comfortable and FUN volunteering will be for you!
Are there any volunteer opportunities that do not require coming to The Animal Foundation Campus?
Yes! We regularly hold off-site outreach and adoption events, in addition to hosting several large fundraising events throughout the year at various locations around the Las Vegas Valley. We have also recently opened a PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Henderson, which is staffed with volunteers. To volunteer off-site, volunteers still must attend New Volunteer Orientation and appropriate training at our main campus located at 655 North Mojave Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.
Can I perform court-ordered community service at The Animal Foundation?
Unfortunately, we currently do not have any opportunities that would fulfill court-ordered community service hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Can I get community service hours for school, church, etc. at The Animal Foundation?
Yes. As long as you qualify for our Volunteer Program and complete the required training, you can apply your volunteer time toward community service hours for school, church, or another organization. In order to have the hours verified by The Animal Foundation, you must maintain a volunteer time tracking sheet and have your hours verified in person by a staff member each time you volunteer. You may use your own tracking sheet or we can provide one for you to use.
Please recall that we currently do not have any opportunities that would fulfill court-ordered community service hours.
Can my work/school/etc. group volunteer at The Animal Foundation?
Yes! We love having volunteer groups visit us!
We are able to accommodate groups of at least five (5) but no more than 20 volunteers, all of whom must be at least 18 years old. Visiting Volunteer Group opportunities are available Tuesdays-Saturdays, and must be scheduled at least one (1) month in advance. Scheduling is made on a first come, first-served basis.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Visiting Volunteer Group opportunities that involve animal handling due to the extensive training required to handle animals. All visiting volunteer group opportunities allow for a behind-the-scenes tour of our campus and at least 30 minutes of animal interaction at the end of the shift, however!
Please contact our Volunteer Team by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or to schedule your visit.
Can volunteering at The Animal Foundation help me get a job there?
Many of our staff members have started by volunteering with us. Volunteering is a great way to become familiar with our organization, work with our teams, and gain valuable knowledge and experience. Excellent, reliable volunteers are encouraged to apply for open, paid positions when they are available.