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Volunteer

Want to do good in your community and get a regular furry-friend fix? Become a volunteer at the Dumb Friends League!

Whether you’d like to help pets or people, work with cameras or computers, or assist our veterinarians or educators—we have a way for you to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets and horses. Compassionate, dedicated volunteers are needed in all areas of our shelters. And with more than 70 volunteer positions, you’re sure to find something that suits your talents, interests and schedule.

When you volunteer at the Dumb Friends League, you’re joining a family of volunteers and staff committed to providing love and support for the homeless pets and equines in our care. As a volunteer, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts through recognition events and awards—and best of all, you’ll be helping homeless animals receive the loving care and second chances for happiness they deserve.

Together, we can end animal homelessness and suffering

For more information, please call (303) 751-5772, Ext. 7311.

Apply

Want to volunteer at the Buddy Center? Complete your online application between Jan. 5–12, and then attend our Buddy Center volunteer orientation on Jan. 14 from 5:30–7:30 p.m., and your application fee will be waived.

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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 in Denver or Castle Rock, or three hours a week for three months at our Harmony Equine Center in Franktown.

  1. Complete the application - If your availability and interests coincide with available volunteer positions, we'll contact you to schedule you for a volunteer orientation.
  2. 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.
  3. volunteer loginInterview - Prospective volunteers interview one-on-one with a Dumb Friends League representative to discuss personal goals and determine the most suitable volunteer assignment.
  4. 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.

 

Volunteer opportunities

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.

For more information on our Junior Volunteer Club, please email us at jvc@ddfl.org

Community service opportunities

The Community Service program is for individuals looking for short-term volunteer opportunities in the Denver metro area. This can be for court-ordered community service, to complete volunteer hours required for high school or college, or for people who want to help at our shelters but cannot make the six-month, three-hours-per-week, full-time volunteer commitment. We offer community service opportunities seven days a week in either four- or eight-hour shifts.

Since community service volunteers do not go through our full volunteer-training process, they have no direct interaction with the pets at our shelters. However, there are many other important ways to help homeless pets in our care. Community service volunteers assist with administrative and custodial duties, such as washing pet carriers, doing laundry (we go through lots of bedding and towels!) and helping with mailing projects.

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.

Community Service Application

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 the Furry Scurry in Denver and Wag 'n Trail in Douglas County, and sign up on each event's website when it becomes available.