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We could not do what we do as an organization without the help of our volunteers. If you are looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity where your work will be truly valued, please review our current volunteer openings.

New Volunteers

Are you a perspective volunteer looking to apply for a volunteering opportunity?  Please click here to complete the Volunteer Application form so we can match you with the best role at the shelter!  Our current volunteer opportunities can be found below. You will be contacted by email by our Community Engagement Coordinator within one to two weeks of receiving your application to discuss opportunities.


  • Age Requirements: Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.  Youth volunteers ages 14 to 17 must have a parent/legal guardian permission and waiver signed by the adult.  Additionally, youth volunteers ages 14 and 15 must volunteer with a parent/legal guardian present during each volunteering commitment. Volunteers must be 18 or older to volunteer with the dogs.


  • Must be enthusiastic to learn and receive comprehensive hands-on training for animal care-related activities.

  • Our Volunteer Program requires a time commitment of a minimum of at least two hours, twice a month for a time period of at least 6 months, and is not intended for short-term commitments.  We ask this of volunteers since it takes significant resources to onboard and train new volunteers.

  • Not all volunteer tasks may be available if they are already filled.  While we try to accommodate first-choice preferences for opportunities we aim to fill positions we need the most help with and match each volunteer with an appropriate role.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities


We are looking for caring volunteers to foster animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, kittens, and dogs. As a foster volunteer, you will spend time providing care and companionship to the animals in your home, helping give them the love and support they need until they are ready for adoption!

Please fill out the Fostering Application if you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer!

Laundry Assistance
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays 11am - 4pm
Help us keep the animals in our care happy, healthy, and comfortable during their stay at the shelter by washing dirty laundry as well as folding and putting away clean laundry.

Small Animal Care & Cleaning
Wednesdays 9-11 am
Help us care for our small animal friends by volunteering to provide daily cleaning and care for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, and other small animals at the shelter. Tasks include replacing bedding, feeding and providing fresh water, cleaning litter boxes and giving the animals their daily dose of TLC!

Cat Care and Cleaning
Saturdays & Sundays 9-11 am
Help us care for our feline friends by volunteering to provide morning cleaning and care for cats at the shelter. Tasks include freshening litter boxes, providing fresh food and water, sweeping, replacing bedding, and giving the animals their daily dose of TLC!

Facility Maintenance
Some Flexibility with Hours!
Seeking volunteers who are handy with tools and have maintenance experience! Help keep our shelter a safe, clean, and comfortable place for the animals in our care by volunteering to assist with facility maintenance. Tasks may include painting, cleaning, simple repairs, and other building-related tasks. Volunteers should be physically able to lift at least 40 lbs, as well as be safety conscious and detail-oriented.

Scout Volunteer Projects
For Scouts looking to complete a project to fulfill requirements for a badge or their Eagle Scout rank, there are plenty of rewarding service opportunities available to you. By taking on projects that help the shelter in a meaningful way, you can gain valuable experience as well as the satisfaction of helping out animals and people in your community! If you have a project idea or need a suggestion, email Leah at to discuss opportunities.

Corporate Volunteering and Engagement

Group volunteering is a great way for companies that are passionate about their communities to make a direct impact! Our Community Engagement Coordinator will work with you to plan a volunteer opportunity or project that your group will be passionate about. Group Volunteer Days begin with a tour of the shelter and include the use of our Multi-Purpose Room for an optional team-building exercise activity and/or lunch, as well as time to take pictures and spend socializing and playing with a shelter pet following your volunteer project.

We request that companies make a $500 charitable donation to help defray the cost of staffing and supplies for their volunteer project. We thank you for supporting our programs which are entirely funded by contributions from caring individuals and organizations like yours! If you are unable to give this donation, let us know and we will work with you to find an appropriate amount or alternative option.

ARLNH deeply values these relationships and we hope to build one with your organization! If you are interested in scheduling a volunteer opportunity for your company, email Community Engagement Coordinator, Leah Miller at For more information on corporate engagement and volunteering, click on the link below to learn more!

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Current Volunteers

Please use the button below to access VolunteerMark and see all current volunteer opportunities and log your volunteer hours. 

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