Volunteer

2014 Volunteer Orientations have started - check our calendar for upcoming dates!

Got Love to Spare?

Volunteers are the key to our success! The time and effort volunteers spend with the animals keeps the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) empowered to save the lives of homeless animals. Thank you for your interest in joining our dynamic volunteer ranks!

Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 18 years old. (If you are under 18, our Animal Tales™ Education program will provide a variety of hands-on animal experiences for kids and teens).
  • Able to provide eight hours of service per month for a minimum six month period.
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals.
  • Possess strong customer service skills including writing and clear verbal communications in English as all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff and other volunteers.
  • For safety reasons, volunteers who wish to work directly with the animals must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate to public, staff and volunteers.
  • Attend the Volunteer Orientation & Shelter Training class held three times per month.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are involved in virtually all aspects of AAWL & SPCA, from helping find homes for animals to keeping up the grounds. Here are a few examples:

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  • Cattery volunteers
  • Dog walking/socializing/cleaning
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Foster parent
  • Off-site events
  • Fundraising/Special Projects/Clerical volunteer
  • Transport driver
  • In-Shelter care of education animals (Birds, Rabbits, Rodents, Reptiles)
  • Lobby Host
  • Maintenance/grounds
  • Off-Site adoption locations

How to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest!

The first step in volunteering for AAWL is to complete our volunteer application.

Volunteer at AAWL

After you submit your volunteer application, please register for an upcoming volunteer orientation session. In this two and a half hour session, you will learn about what we do, where we receive our animals, the ways in which volunteers can assist AAWL & SPCA and all the opportunities in which you can become involved! You will also learn more in-depth information about volunteer protocols and working directly with the animals at the shelter to prepare you for your "Buddy Day."

The "Buddy Day" is the last but most important step to becoming a volunteer, in that you will get one-on-one hands-on training with a current volunteer to learn the volunteering process and routine. We will discuss how to get your set up for your "Buddy Day" during Volunteer Orientation & Shelter Training class.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the Volunteer Services Department.

Volunteer at PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Center

To become a volunteer at our PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Center, please click here to view Orientation dates and sign up for the one that works best for your schedule.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Kennel Cleaner/Dog Socializer

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Interview & Basic Training
  • Buddy Day

 

Time Commitment:
  • Cleaning & Walking occurs 365 days per year!
  • Minimum 2 shifts per month - any day of the week - as long as you put in 8 hours per month.
  • Shifts generally range from 2-3 hours.

 

Duties:
  • Yard dogs for exercise and socialization
  • Walk dogs within designated boundaries
  • Record socialization time, behavior highlights, etc. through established procedures
  • Report any observations of animal illness
  • Report any abnormal behavior in the Behavior Log
  • Poop-scoop yards, bag poop on walks, and clean poop from kennels as needed
  • Assist in daily maintenance of dog runs including: sweeping, poop scooping, laundry, and disinfecting
  • Laundry - restocking towels.

 

Foster Parent

Prerequisites:

*No T-shirt or name tag is required.

Time Commitment:

Foster terms may range from one week to several months. You may determine how long you're comfortable keeping a foster and what type of fostering you're interested in. Please indicate that during your interview.

Duties:
  • Provide proper food, shelter, exercise and attention for foster animals
  • Dispense medication as necessary
  • Follow special instructions precisely
  • Transport foster animals to Shelter for periodic check-ups, shots, etc.
  • Report any observations of animal illness or abnormal behavior to the Foster Care Coordinator
  • Foster animals until they are completely ready for adoption

Off-site Animal Handler

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Interview & Basic Training
  • Buddy Day
  • If driving a transport vehicle to the event, must meet transport driver qualifications
  • Must be approved by Volunteer Director
  • These volunteers must be trained animal handlers
Time Commitment:
  • Shifts generally range from 2 hours to all day.
Duties:

These volunteers may be responsible for transporting animals to and from off-site adoption events and they may be responsible for bringing animal supplies to the events. They must be able to answer questions about animals in general and also about the specific animals up for adoption. These volunteers need to wear AAWL & SPCA volunteer shirts and name tags for each event.

Fundraising Events/Special Projects/Administrative Volunteer

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Interview & Basic Training
  • Must be approved by Volunteer Director
Time Commitment:
  • Events/projects can last from a few hours to all day
Duties:
  • Assist in set-up and take-down at special events
  • Participate in maintenance projects, shelter tours, remodeling, etc as announced
  • Using your own transportation to get to and from event sites may be required
  • General office duties including filing, data entry, mailings, copying, etc.

Job Title: Transport Driver

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Interview & Basic Training
  • Must be approved by Volunteer Director
  • Must have valid AZ Driver's license with a clean driving record, be at least 21 years old
Time Commitment:
  • Advance schedule required
  • Shifts generally range from 2 hours to all day.
Duties:

Using AAWL & SPCA Van or Animal Transport Truck:

  • Make pick-ups of various items for the shelter such as food for the animals or a large donation for the Thrift Shop
  • Deliver and pick-up items between the Shelter and Thrift Shop
  • Assist the Facilities Caretaker with various shelter projects
  • Transport animals to and from events

Education Animal Caregiver

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Interview & Basic Training
  • Buddy Day
  • More training with Education Dept as needed
  • Must be approved by Education Director
Time Commitment:
  • Exotic animal care takes place 365 days per year
  • Minimum 1 shift per week - any day of the week
  • Shifts generally range from 1-2 hours
Duties:
  • Assist in daily maintenance of animals in the Education Programs including cleaning, sweeping, disinfecting and feeding
  • Report any observations of animal illness or abnormal behavior to a staff member
  • Assist in the socializing and training of the animals

PetSmart Cat Rooms Volunteer

Prerequisites:
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Phone Interview to set up Buddy Day with PetSmart Cat Room volunteer
  • Basic Training
  • PetSmart Adoption Counselor Training
Time Commitment:
  • During the hours we are open to the public
  • Minimum 2 shifts per month: 1 day per week preferred OR minimum 1 off-site shift per month
  • Shifts generally range from 3-5 hours.
Duties:
  • Help incoming public interested in cat adoption to select a pet that fits both their lifestyle and expectations
  • Engage in positive conversations with potential adopters to find their "best match"
  • "Introduce" available cats to interested public and discuss the benefits of adopting from the AAWL & SPCA
  • Complete appropriate paperwork for the adoption transaction (as needed)
  • Lobby Host
  • Maintenance/grounds
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