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Volunteer FAQ

For the safety of our volunteers and animals, we do require all volunteers to be 8 years old, without exception. All 8 - 16-year olds must always have a parent/guardian with them while volunteering. At the age of 16, you may volunteer on your own with parental consent. You must be 18 years of age to volunteer at our PetSmart without a parent/guardian

The shelter hours are Monday and Wednesday 1-6, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11-4 and Saturday 10-3. We are closed on Sunday. You may volunteer anytime we are open. There are also many times that events will be happening during non-business hours - those you can volunteer during as well.

Your first step is to submit a volunteer questionnaire, which you can do either in person at the shelter or here online 

* It will take 10-12 business days to process the questionnaire. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an email with a link to our next Interest Session.

* You must attend an Interest Session and animal handling class before you start volunteering.

* After attending both the Interest Session and animal handling classes, you will then discuss with the Volunteer Coordinator to see where your skills are best needed.

*We do realize that it is a lengthy process to become a volunteer, but we do ask for your patience. We like to make sure all new volunteers are correctly trained for the safety of the animals and the volunteers

Yes, we can offer group volunteering. If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at to arrange any school, church, or social club volunteering (like girl/boy scouts).

We always have a TON of things we need help with around the shelter! We'll have you helping us:

  • Walking dogs
  • Cuddling with the cats
  • Helping set up, run & break down SJRAS events and other events if you're available to help offsite
  • Help decorate the shelter for events & holidays
  • Putting away donations from the public
  • Doing dishes & laundry for the pets
  • Special projects come up from time to time that we need help with

Shelter animals are different than your animals at home. We want to make sure the animals consistently receive a high-quality level of care and stay as healthy in mind and body as possible. To do this, we need to educate our volunteers about safety procedures and protocols that are currently in place to limit the transfer of disease within our shelters. We also want to educate our volunteers on how to correctly interact with our shelter animals in order to reduce stress on the animals.