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 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We have opportunities around the clock. Early morning volunteers are needed to clean kennels and get prepped for the day. Throughout the day we need volunteer support in all areas of the shelter. We may even need volunteers late at night to help staff the kitten nursery during kitten season!

Yes! Currently due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only allowing groups bringing a maximum of 10 individuals. If you are interested in volunteering as a visiting group, please carefully read and fill out the Volunteer Group Interest Form.

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.

  • Yes! As long as your charge falls within the parameters of what is allowable for the Volunteer Program. Please keep in mind that it is the individual’s responsibility to determine if service hours completed at The Animal Foundation will be sufficient for the court.
  • If you have questions on your eligibility, please contact volunteer@animalfoundation.com with your charge, the name of the court that gave you the charge, and how many hours you are required to complete.
  • Please keep in mind that any individuals doing court ordered community service hours may not handle animals until their required hours are completed.

  • Yes! We have a variety of non-animal handling tasks volunteers can do at The Animal Foundation. Volunteers, first and foremost, provide Departmental Support to the many teams that make up The Animal Foundation. Volunteers help with cleaning, administrative work, guest engagement, and preparing and distributing animal enrichment tools, among other things.
  • We also hold various events throughout the year that require volunteer help in order to run smoothly!
  • Foster Care opportunities are also available, but these can require campus visits to our clinic for medical check-ups.
  • Currently we do not have offsite opportunities to sign up for as the Petsmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Henderson is currently closed.

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Requirements to Volunteer

  • Must be 18 years old OR
    12-17 years old accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • Must complete the online New Volunteer Orientation.
  • After Orientation is complete, submit the Volunteer Application. 
  • Junior Volunteers, 12-17 years old, require a parent or guardian to review and complete the Junior Volunteer Application, which is avialable after completing Orientation. 
  • 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 2 shifts per month to stay up-to-date on all protocols and procedures.
  • Must be able to work independently and meet the essential volunteer requirements.
  • Must treat animals in our care with compassion, kindness, and concern for their welfare.
  • Must represent yourself and The Animal Foundation in a professional manner and treat clients, staff, and other volunteers with respect.
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The Animal Foundation at 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas is conveniently located off US-95 and Eastern. The Animal Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part. Tax ID: 88-0144253. Contact us by phone or email using the contact information found here.

Hours of Operation

Adoptions Daily 11am - 7pm
Lost & Found Daily 10am - 7pm
Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic By Appointment
Spay & Neuter Daily By Appointment

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The Animal Foundation is a proud recipient of funding from Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, #ThanksToMaddie.

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