Become a Volunteer

volunteer What we expect of volunteers:

  • A willingness to make a minimum six month commitment of approximately two hours per week or eight hours a month. Please note that most shelter volunteer positions require a minimum of two-hours of service per week. Be sure to check the volunteer position descriptions for age and time requirements.
  • An ongoing commitment to be prompt and dependable.
  • A willingness to abide by the philosophies and policies of HSPPR.
  • • A willingness to conduct a job in a professional manner while representing HSPPR.

Volunteer Age Requirements:

  • Adults may choose to either work independently, or as an adult partner for up to two youth partners. Children must be at least 12 years old to volunteer. 
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide their own adult partner (either a parent/guardian or another responsible individual 21 years old or older). Adult partners are not provided by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
  • Due to the nature of our services, children under 12 years of age are not allowed to volunteer at the animal shelter. Children may participate by providing foster care to an animal if an adult age 21 years or over joins the Foster Care program.
  • Not old enough to volunteer yet? Check out these projects you can do at home that still help the animals in different ways, such as making toys for the shelter cats!

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer:

Step 1: Review open volunteer positions
We are currently accepting volunteers for these volunteer opportunities.

Step 2: Clear your calendar to attend a Volunteer Information Session
Please mark your calendar to attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions. Space is limited to 35 prospective volunteers at each session. We do not take a waiting list. Registration opens approximately one-to-two weeks prior to each session. If you are registering as an adult/youth team, the adult and child must register separately.

At the information session, you will learn about our organization, our mission and our policies. You will also gain more information about our current volunteer needs and the commitment we ask from you. We make every effort to place volunteers in our areas of greatest need.

Please note:  Preparing for new volunteers takes a good deal of time on our end.  After attending the information session, you should expect to start volunteering 4-5 weeks later.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSIONS (Dates are tentative and subject to change):

PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for a Volunteer Information Session

2014 Volunteer Information Sessions:
All sessions have concluded for 2014 due to the upcoming holidays. Please check back on December 15, 2014 for future dates.

Step 3: Fee, Application and Background Check
After you have been to an information session, you will be asked to submit your volunteer fee, application and criminal background check (18 years and older). Volunteers are required to pay a one-time fee of $25 per adult and $15 per youth. This offsets the costs of your volunteer t-shirt and nametag, criminal background check, insurance, training materials, and administrative processing of running the volunteer program. This fee helps to ensure that the vast majority of our funding is spent directly on animal care. Please understand that your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forego volunteering.

HSPPR does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes, (3) theft-related crimes or (4) animal neglect or cruelty within the last 10 years. HSPPR requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.

The program fee is required prior to scheduling anyone for an orientation.

Step 4: Orientation

One you have submitted your fee, completed your application and background check, you will be asked to read some training materials, and attend an orientation before you start volunteering. Following the orientation, your next step will depend on the job you will be doing. In some cases, you will have a start date and will learn on the job alongside staff and other volunteers. Other jobs will require a more formal training class. Your individual training needs will be discussed with you before orientation.

The date for the next Orientation will be given out at the Volunteer Information Sessions.

Step 5: Attend job-specific training
Following orientation, you will be scheduled to attend a training session to prepare you for your volunteer position. Some jobs required volunteer to attend animal handling training before proceeding into their volunteer job. At each animal handling training, we review shelter safety procedures, review reading animal body language, and proper and safe handling of animals within a shelter environment.

Other volunteer jobs, specifically non-animal handling jobs, will include classroom and on-the-job training.

Group Volunteers:
Are you looking to complete a one-day service project as a group?
Click here to learn more about our group volunteer projects and how to get started.

If you still have general questions about volunteering, please contact Allison Bird, Volunteer Programs Manager at 719.302.8759 or

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