Adopt a Dog or Cat
Dog Training Classes
Dog Sports and Just for Fun Classes
Workshops for Dogs and Their Families
- Happy Home Help – Techniques to Introduce/Improve Housebreaking, Crate Training and Polite Greeting of Visitors
- Working the Walk – Training Tips to Improve On-Leash Behavior
Meet The Trainers
Dog Training Resources
Programs and Events
- Birthday Parties
- Create Your Own Volunteer Program
- Workshops: Adult, Weekend, and Afterschool
- Jr. Paw Club
- Family Volunteer Days
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!
- 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.
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:
- 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
- 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.