How do I get started?
Complete the Volunteer Application
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)
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. We need consistent volunteers so bonus points if you can work the same shift each week!
Can I apply to volunteer with my child?
Any child 10 years or older is welcome to join the Volunteer Program, but any applicant under the age of 18 will need an adult supervisor during the program. This is a parent, guardian, or friend. Our staff cannot be the supervisor. We are far too busy.
Can this count toward my court-order volunteer hours?
Depends! We accommodate certain court orders. Please reach out as this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The only program that qualifies is Shelter Operations.
What if my kid is under 10?
Join our Once a Paws a Time program! This is where kids read to our adoptable cats. The kids receive reading practice and animal welfare knowledge while our cats receive enrichment!
How long is the volunteer application process?
If you fill out the paperwork quickly, you can attend our weekly orientation and start up within 7 days!
* Our biggest need!*
The Shelter Operations program helps the community and the staff by helping with administrative tasks and cleaning. This frees up our Animal Care Staff to take care of any needs that cannot be handled by volunteers. Plus, if laundry gets overwhelming, it can cost us more than $2000 a month to laundromat. This is money we could be using directly to help our animals.
Customer Care Assistant
Assist our Customer Service Representatives (Front Desk staff) through administrative tasks and assisting the public.
Kennel Support Assistant
Assist our Animal Care Technicians (ACTs) with the essential task of cleaning and caring for our animals.
Assist the public from the moment they walk through the door, ensuring they feel comfortable and supported at our shelter.
Shelter Operations Assistant
Assist in the upkeep of the constant flow of daily operational tasks, including laundry, stocking, and general cleaning/disinfection. This position is essential to animal care at our shelter.
This allows our volunteers to interact directly with our adoptable animals and provide socialization and enrichment. To join the Animal Care Volunteers, you must complete Animal Handling Training.
Provide essential playtime, care, socialization, and cleaning for our shelter cats.
Provide essential playtime, exercise, care, socialization, and cleaning for our shelter dogs.
Train shelter pets to exercise their minds and bodies; assist and shadow our Behavioral Manager for behavior assessments.
Park Walk Volunteer
Join us every Saturday from 9am-11am to take the dogs out of the shelter and to the park for a walk (and sometimes a little lake swimming!).
Assist getting our animals into forever homes by helping the public find the right pet for them and conducting visitations.
Play Group Volunteer
Assist staff in creating and running dog play groups for socialization and exercise. This role provides important interaction and socialization for the dogs in our care.
The Event Volunteers help us with adoption events, kick-off events, and fundraisers. This is the perfect program for large groups.
We have various events every year, and starting in 2021, we are increasing our event capabilities. There will be opportunities to help animals find homes and to teach people about our programs.
Once a Paws a Time
Children earned prizes and enhanced their reading skills while reading to the animals at the Humane Society of Weld County. The furry friends received the love and attention they craved and provided the children with hours of fun, entertainment, and affection.
And the children and the pets...lived happily ever after.
This program was developed with two goals in mind: Enhance the lives of the cats who are awaiting adoption in the shelter and to help children (ages 6-14) retain and increase their reading skills.
To sign up, follow the normal application process.
Most of our volunteer programs require training and prep from our team. On special occasions, we allow groups to volunteer with us to help with projects, such as landscaping, creating animal enrichment, or building new structures.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to discuss what we have available.
Anything else you can imagine!
This is by no means a restrictive list. We believe in tailoring our volunteer program to each volunteers needs and talents. If nothing here has caught your eye, feel free to reach out. We have various committees for engaged volunteers and plenty of projects.
Volunteers are absolutely necessary to our rescue abilites. Thank you so much for your interest in our program!