Volunteers are very important people at the Dumb Friends League! The Dumb Friends League has the highest placement rate of homeless animals in the country for a shelter its size. To achieve this, we rely on the assistance of nearly 1,300 caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs. Together, we can end animal suffering and homelessness!
When you volunteer at the Dumb Friends League, you are joining a family of volunteers and staff committed to providing love and support for the homeless pets and equines in our care. Questions? Please call (303) 751-5772, Ext. 7311.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (some positions require individuals to be at least 18 years of age) and be able to make a commitment of approximately three hours per week for six months at our shelters, or three hours a week for three months at our Harmony Equine Center.
- Complete the application - If your availability and interests coincide with available volunteer positions, we'll contact you to schedule you for a volunteer orientation.
- Attend orientation - Each volunteer attends a two-and-a-half-hour orientation where we provide an overview of our services, philosophies, an introduction to our volunteer program and a tour of the shelter.
- Interview - Prospective volunteers interview one-on-one with a Dumb Friends League representative to discuss personal goals and determine the most suitable volunteer assignment.
- Attend training class - To learn about safety procedures, pet adoptions, animal behavior and the League's many programs, volunteers also participate in a hands-on training class.
Visit our next Open House
Help us end animal suffering and homelessness! Come to the Volunteer Open House at our Buddy Center shelter in Castle Rock on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tour the shelter, enjoy refreshments, meet staff and current volunteers, and learn how you can make a life-changing difference for homeless pets. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. RSVP NOW!
With more than 70 volunteer positions, we have opportunities for everyone who wants to help the animals. Here are just a few:
- Work with patrons and pets as an adoption counselor
- Work with cats, dogs and small mammals in grooming, animal care, health care and surgery care
- Work with horses and other equines, mucking stalls and providing enrichment
- Are you a licensed veterinarian?Become a volunteer veterinarian on one of our mobile spay/neuter units
- Become a Junior Volunteer Club mentor, mentoring youths age 12-15
- Assist in writing biographies and taking photos of the homeless pets available for adoption
- Provide administrative support in any of our departments, including human resources, volunteer services, accounting, development, communications, customer care, behavior and health care
- Fulfill community service requirements
Are you interested in fostering a pet in your home? Learn more about fostering.
Under 16? Become a Junior Volunteer!
The Junior Volunteer Club introduces young people to the benefits of volunteering in an animal shelter. Junior volunteers must be between ages 12 and 15, dependable and responsible, have good communication skills, be willing to take on a variety of tasks and have an enthusiasm for working with people and animals.
Junior volunteers will work alongside adult volunteers for two hours each month, cleaning animal enclosures, socializing and working with dogs, cats and small mammals, and learning about animal welfare issues.
They will meet one Saturday each month for two hours at the Quebec Street shelter. There is a $100 fee to join, which is due at the time of registration. The fee covers a six-month membership in the club.
If you would like to get your child on the wait list for our Junior Volunteer Club, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Child’s name
- Child’s date of birth (child must be at least 12 years old to be placed on the wait list)
- Parent name
- Parent phone
- Parent email
Volunteer at Furry Scurry or Wag 'n Trail
Keep our dog-walking events working smoothly and enjoy a day out with the pooches and people who love them. See our events calendar for more information about these events, and sign up on each event's website when it becomes available. Furry Scurry signups are now available!
Community service opportunities
The Community Service program is for volunteers looking for short-term opportunities. This can be for court-ordered community service, to complete volunteer hours required for high school or college, and for people who want to help but cannot make the six- month, three-hours-per-week, full-time volunteer commitment. We offer community services opportunities seven days a week in either four or eight-hour shifts.
Please note that to perform community service for school, you must be at least 16 years old. To perform court-ordered community service, you must not have been charged with violent, drug-related, theft or felony crimes.