About Volunteering

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When you become an animal shelter volunteer at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, you help save the lives of homeless animals in need of a second chance in your community.

Volunteering at The Animal Foundation will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. The lost dogs, cats, and other abandoned animals that come to us need much more than just food, shelter, and medical care. They need walking, socialization, exercise, mental stimulation, training, and more. From in-shelter support to at-home foster care, volunteers support every facet of our work. No special skills are needed, just compassion, patience, and commitment. We’ll provide whatever training is necessary.

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Voted “Best Place to Volunteer” in Las Vegas

As a nonprofit organization, The Animal Foundation relies on caring and dedicated volunteers throughout the organization. Last year, 1,650 compassionate and caring volunteers in Las Vegas donated 23,528 hours to help our homeless animals in need. Many of those hours were spent simply walking the dogs – a vitally important task for each dog’s wellbeing.

We realize you have many choices to volunteer in Las Vegas and we appreciate it when you choose The Animal Foundation. Voted the “Best Place to Volunteer” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best of Las Vegas awards, our goal is to find you a volunteer position worthy of your unique talents, and one that excites and inspires you.


Volunteer FAQs

We need volunteers seven days a week, 365 days a year. Each animal shelter volunteer position has different shift times, but in general, most current volunteer opportunities on campus are available 11:00 am – 7:00 pm every day of the week.

Yes! We love having volunteer groups visit us! We can 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 at our Las Vegas animal shelter allow for a behind-the-scenes tour of our campus and at least 30 minutes of animal interaction at the end of the shift.

Please contact our Volunteer Team by e-mail at volunteer@animalfoundation.com for more information and/or to schedule your visit.

Yes. As long as you qualify for our Volunteer Program and complete the required training, you can apply your animal shelter 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.

Unfortunately, we currently do not have any opportunities that would fulfill court-ordered community service hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Yes. We regularly hold off-site outreach and adoption events, in addition to hosting fundraising events throughout the year at various locations around the Las Vegas Valley. We also have a location at PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Henderson where volunteers are needed. Foster care volunteer opportunities are also available but do require campus visits to our clinic for medical check-ups. To volunteer off-site, volunteers still need to fill out a volunteer application and must attend New Volunteer Orientation and appropriate training at our main campus located at 655 North Mojave Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.

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Requirements to Volunteer

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Complete and submit an online application.
  • Complete our basic volunteer orientation/training.
  • Due to the extensive training and experience it requires to become integrated into our Volunteer Program, you must commit to a minimum of 50 volunteer hours with us, and volunteer at least two shifts per month to stay up-to-date on all protocols and procedures.
  • Be able to work independently and meet the essential volunteer requirements.
  • Treat animals in our care with compassion, kindness, and concern for their welfare.
  • Represent yourself and The Animal Foundation in a professional manner and treat clients, staff, and other volunteers with respect.