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Volunteer Opportunities

Ready to help the animals of Weld County?

Age Requirements:  Most of our volunteer positions require you to be 18+. If you are under 18, an adult who has completed the volunteer training must accompany you. Some volunteer opportunities are available for 12+. The Once A Paws A Time reading program is open to those 6+.

Training:  We have a tiered training system. Training for some positions is 1+ hours of orientation. Others require  multiple trainings. 

Commitment:  Volunteers are asked to come in for a minimum of 8 hours a month, unless an event volunteer. If you are looking for community service that doesn't come with a commitment, please email Bria Pritchard at to learn about our Community Service program for laundry and shelter operations. 

Community Service:  If you need to complete community service hours as part of a court-ordered requirement or for school credit, please call the shelter at 970-506-9550 or email for more information.

Potential Positions

Not all of these positions may be available, and some may have age requirements. Please fill out the application before asking staff any questions. 

Animal Care
  • Cat Volunteer (ages 12+)

  • Dog Handlers (agers 16+)

  • Behavior & Enrichment Volunteer 

  • Clinic Volunteer 

  • Veterinary Volunteer

Operations and Admin
  • Lobby Ambassador

  • Fundraising Assistant 

  • Animal Photographer

  • Mailing Assistant

  • Facility Maintenance (ages 12+)

  • Shelter Operations (ages 12+)

  • Event Volunteer

  • Community Outreach Volunteer

  • Once A Paws A Time Reading Volunteer**

Interested in learning more about Once A Paws A Time? Click here.

What's Next?


We will email you with all of the information you'll need to proceed!


Complete Required Paperwork

We will send you a capabilities form, release form, and background check (if you are over 18), as well as a copy of the Volunteer Handbook.


Complete Volunteer Orientation and Training

Once all of your paperwork is in, you can attend volunteer orientation to learn how to work your desired program. If you wish to work in Animal Care, you will also need to complete an Animal Handling Course with our behavior team.


Get your shirt and start volunteering!

We ask for you to cover the cost of your tee-shirt ($25 for adults, $10 for youth). Then you can log in and sign up for your desired hours. 

Volunteer Orientation Events

No upcoming events at the moment
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