Volunteers are the Heart of Every Creature Counts
Volunteers make a difference in our animals’ lives daily, whether it be through brushing one of our adoption cats or organizing a food drive. As a small organization trying to make a big difference, we consider our volunteers an essential component of what makes us work. We offer a flexible volunteer program, with many options for involvement. If we do not currently offer a volunteer opportunity that meets your availability, we will work with you to create options that work. We have set a lofty goal for ourselves, the eradication of pet overpopulation, and the more hands we have working toward that goal, the greater success we know can be achieved.
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you’re ready to get involved, fill our our online application or print a copy to bring in to us. Volunteer applications are processed within 24 to 48 hours, and you will receive a response within that time frame. All volunteers must be over the age of 14. Get involved today! We’re happy to have you join our team.
How you can help:
- Walk dogs at the shelter
- Help at adoption events
- Socialize cats and kittens at your local pet store
- Photograph cats and kittens
- Collect items on our wish list
Questions? Contact us and we will do our best to match you with an opportunity that suits your interests and talents.
To Contact us, use the link below to e-mail us, or call 303-546-2704 ext. 7.
Are you a new volunteer? Fill out the form at the link below, it is our application as well as our release form.
Are you ready to open your home to an animal in need? Please consider becoming a foster volunteer today – you can make a difference in an animal’s life!
Once you become a foster volunteer, we will contact you when we have an animal in need of fostering in your specific foster category. We will discuss the animal with you to see if the foster animal’s needs match with your current availability. Once we have matched you with a foster animal, we will coordinate transportation with you and make arrangements to get the animal to his/her new foster home! We do our best to provide supplies (food, litter, etc.) but we do not always have supplies available. We ask that you plan to provide supplies as part of the fostering commitment, and we will provide supplies as we have them available.
- Medical Foster Animals in this group require different levels of medical care and attention. Some animals may have recently undergone surgery and need a safe and relaxed environment to recuperate. Special attention may have to be paid to incision sites or wound dressings may need to be monitored. Other animals may be recovering from an illness and need close supervision to ensure that they are eating, drinking, and regaining a healthy energy level. In some instances, we have dogs that undergo treatment for heartworms and need a low-stimulation environment to keep their activity level to a minimum, a crucial component to successful treatment. The length of time these animals require fostering depends on their specific situation.
- Socialization Foster Many animals come to us having spent weeks to months in shelters, or on the streets. These animals have had to sacrifice pieces of their personalities in order to survive and are often shy, scared, and skittish. Many have lost some of their trust in humans and require a lot of work on our parts, in the form of love, compassion and attention, to rebuild their willingness to be part of our lives. These foster animals need as much one-on-one time as you can give. The length of time an animal requires fostering varies and depends on the progress of the individual animal.
- Adoption Location Foster Once we place an animal in one of our Adoptions Centers at one of our adoption partners, we hope that they find their forever family as soon as possible. Unfortunately for some, this takes a bit longer than we like. Fosters in this group have been in our Centers and just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy stores. These animals will typically spend about a week in foster care and then return to an Adoption Center.
- Kitten Foster During the spring and summer months, kitten season is in full swing. Kitten foster homes care for one or two litters of kittens until the kittens are old enough for spay/neuter and adoption. Mother cats may accompany the litters, depending on the specific situation. Foster homes assist in keeping the kittens as healthy as possible and weening them at the appropriate time, if applicable. Homes that take on kitten fosters transport them to our clinic for their first and second round of vaccinations, a general health check, and spay/neuter when they old enough. After their spay/neuter surgery, the kittens are placed in our Adoption Centers. The foster period varies for kittens based on their age when placed in foster care.