Volunteers are at the heart of making Pueblo Animal Services (PAS) compassionate and caring. Their efforts and dedication help us accomplish our important mission: A compassionate community where animals and people are cared for and valued. As a private, non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the assistance of our caring, dedicated and hard-working volunteers.
PAS only asks a three-month commitment from its volunteers, but many of our devoted volunteers have been a part of our mission for several years. Our volunteers enjoy helping animals, people and their community.
Volunteers work side-by-side with shelter staff, and provide needed manpower for those programs that improve the quality of life for shelter animals. They allow us to achieve excellence in all that we do for the animals, making the community a better place for both people and pets. Our volunteers’ commitment to us, in turn, enables us to fulfill the commitment we have made to the animals and people that we serve.
Volunteering at PAS will enrich your life, improve the lives of those animals in our care, and help develop a responsible community where people and animals live in harmony. Please consider joining our team of friendly volunteers. You, too, will enjoy the experience! Learn how to become a volunteer.
- A weekly commitment of approximately 1 - 3 hours per week, typically occurring as a shift the same day and time each week, for at least 3 months.
- Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age to work independently and have reliable transportation.
- Volunteers ages 12 - 16 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 Pueblo Animal Services. An adult partner may supervise up to two youth partners.
- 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 homemade dog treats or making toys for the shelter cats. Children under 12 years of age may also participate in the Foster Care program. Please see our Foster Care page for more details.
*Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate court-ordered community service individuals at this time.
*PAS 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 7 years. PAS requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.
Steps to Become a Volunteer:
Step 1: Sign-up for and attend a Volunteer Info Night
Before joining our volunteer team, we want to help you decide if you are a good fit for our organization and if we are a good fit for you! At the Info Night, you will learn about our organization, our mission and our policies. We will take a tour of our facility as well as provide information about our current volunteer needs and the commitment we ask from you.
PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register to attend a Volunteer Info Night. Space is limited to 30. We do not take a waiting list.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER INFO NIGHTS
Step 2: Volunteer Application
If you choose to come on with us as a volunteer after attending the Volunteer Info Night, you will be asked to submit your volunteer application and signed liability waiver.
Step 3: Volunteer Orientation
Once you have completed your application, you are required to attend an orientation before you start volunteering. Volunteer Orientations typically occur on the second Saturday of the month, following a Volunteer Info Night. Volunteers must have completed the previous steps in order to attend an orientation.
Step 4: Ready, get set, volunteer!
Following orientation, you will be scheduled to attend a training session(s) to prepare you for your volunteer position. Some jobs require volunteers to attend our Safe Animal Handling training, where we review safety procedures and reading animal body language as well as proper handling of animals within a shelter environment.
All volunteer jobs, including non-animal handling jobs, may include classroom and on-the-job training.