BE A PART OF OUR LIFE SAVING TEAM!
As a volunteer-run organization, we cannot carry out our live saving efforts without the help of someone just like you!
Browse all of our volunteer opportunities below and find the ones that appeal to you. From there, you simply need to complete your online training and in-person orientation to become an AAS volunteer. Full details are below.
Kennel Caretakers are the backbone of our shelter.
The shelter houses approximately 30-35 dogs and is open from 9:00a.m. to noon seven days a week regardless of weather conditions. KCs feed the dogs, clean the runs, and walk/play with pups in an assigned section.
Ideally, Caretakers are able to commit to one shift a week for scheduling purposes.
1) Enrich – Find out what your dog enjoys doing and do it.
2) Document – Take note of your dog’s likes/dislikes. What are their favorite activities? What startles them? How do you calm them down? This information will go in our Training Updates so all volunteers can better understand your dog, and will be used by the Adoption Committee to help AAS place your dog in the right forever home.
3) Lastly, and most importantly, simply love on all of the pups and give them some much needed time and attention!
To become a Companion:
Complete the online, self-paced Maddie’s Fund training modules (see below.) Then complete 16-hour hands-on period during regular shift hours (9 AM-12PM or 3:30 – 5:30 PM).
No special training necessary. You will sign a waiver each day you come to walk a dog. Walkers under the age of 18 years are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. The parent or guardian is required to supervise the walk and remain on the premises for the duration of the visit. Persons under the age of 16 years cannot walk a dog by themselves; if the parent or guardian wishes to have a second leash attached to the dog that will work.
Are you outgoing, energetic and love helping a worthy cause while having fun?
We are always looking for volunteers to help us think of new, fun & creative fundraising ideas & events as well as people who are able to volunteer at offsite events.
Maintenance tends to our facility buildings, runs, and fences on Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm – 3pm (weather permitting)
It’s not all dog walking and poop scooping – there is a lot of administrative tasks associated to caring for the pups. Scanning, archival, filing…you name it, we likely need it done! If you have a knack for record keeping and/or digital organization, this could be the job for you!
We have 7 acres of land to care for – including open fields and flower beds. If you are interested in mowing/trimming, tending flower beds (including our memorial garden), as well as doing other general cleanup. This work is essential in ensuring a safe and attractive facility for our volunteers and visitors. Lots of “hands” in a few hours can accomplish a lot!
Enjoy connecting with people?
Greeters help daily shift operations by interacting with visitors and asking for dogs to be brought up to prospective adopters. Having someone “front of house” is invaluable for the daily shift operations and allows our Kennel Caretakers to concentrate on the tasks in their section.
Volunteer Training & Orientation
Complete this free online training course offered by Maddie’s Fund: “Shelter and Rescue Training – Canine”
- Register with Maddie’s Fund here:
- Click here to be taken directly to the training module:
- There are three parts to the training. Click the chevron to expand the selection and complete the module:
Submit your certificates
- Send pdf copies/screenshots of your certificates to:
- You will receive a confirmation email with information on signing up for an on-site orientation
Attend On-Site Orientation
- This is an in-person, information tour of our facility that will introduce you to how our facility operates and what you will be doing.
Have questions in the interim? Send us a message…