Volunteer with the Animals

Caregiving –

Clean, feed, care for, and possibly medicate the shelter cats each morning and early evening. Responsible caregivers are critical to shelter operations. 

  • Requirements
    • 16 years of age or older
    • Attend 1 training session
  • Caregiving duties require a fair amount of physical stamina and flexibility: bending, stooping, possibly being on one’s knees to clean lower level cages/litter boxes, carrying out soiled litter weighing up to 20 pounds, and sweeping.
  • Minimum commitment of 1 shift per week for 3 months. This works out to about 24 hours in 3 months.
  • Caregiving Shifts
    • Monday–Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Monday–Sunday: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


volaidSocializers work directly with our cats to acclimate them to shelter life and socialize them in preparation for adoption. Socializers get to know each cat and their personality by spending time grooming and playing with them. Particular attention is paid to shy or scared cats. 

    • Requirements
      • Attend 1 training session
      • 15 years of age or older (If 14 or younger, must be accompanied by a parent)
    • Socializer Shifts
      • 1-2 hour shifts scheduled Monday–Friday between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm only.

Emergency Dog Kennel Caregivers 

The emergency kennel, located in the lower level of the shelter, is used when we need to urgently take a dog into our care. It is a temporary solution while we search for or prepare a foster home.  Kennel caregivers clean, socialize, take the dog out for potty breaks, and sometimes feed or medicate the dogs during their short stay.

    • Requirements
      • 18 years of age
      • Dog handling experience
      • Ability to perform mildly strenuous work without direct supervision
    • Emergency Dog Kennel Shifts
      • Shifts are 30-60 minutes at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The kennel is for emergency use only, so shifts are scheduled on an as-needed basis via email.

Adoption Counseling

This is one of the most rewarding jobs of all shelter work. You will have the joy and satisfaction of finding loving furever homes for Animal Aid’s cats and dogs. Adoption Counselors work with prospective adopters to help match cats and dogs to homes. They staff the shelter during Saturday “Show & Tell” and attend outreach events with our animals. Adoption Counselors also process adoption applications and deliver animals to their new homes.

    • Requirements
      • 21 years of age
      • On-the-job training with an adoption counselor during “Show & Tell”
      • Minimum of 6 month commitment due to the extensive training
    • Adoption Counseling Shifts
      • Saturday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm for “Show & Tell”
      • Monday–Friday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
      • Various hour commitment to process adoption applications as needed.