Become a Shelter Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region's success. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on the assistance of our caring, dedicated and hard-working volunteers to accomplish our important mission. Volunteers work side-by-side with shelter staff and provide manpower for programs to improve the quality of life for shelter animals. They allow us to achieve excellence in all that we do, making the community a better place for both people and pets.

From helping with daily feeding and cleaning, to providing mental and behavioral enrichment for the animals in our care, to assisting customers in locating a lost pet, our volunteers help in countless ways every day of the year. Our schedule and program requirements may vary throughout the year, and program availability is based on the needs of our animals and customers. Click here for our shelter volunteer job descriptions.

Volunteer Requirements

  • A weekly commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week, typically occurring as a shift the same day and time each week, for at least 6 months.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work independently and have reliable transportation.
  • Volunteers ages 12 up to 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 the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. 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 toys and beds for the shelter cats.  Children under 12 years of age may participate in the Foster Care program. Please see our Foster Care page for more details.

Steps to Becoming 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 our organization is a good fit for you. At the info night, you will learn about our organization, our mission and our policies. We will tour the shelter as well as provide information about our current volunteer needs and the required commitment.

PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for a volunteer info night. Space is limited; there is not a waiting list.


The next Information Night will be in January with date TBD

Step 2: Fee, Application and Background Check

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 fee, application and criminal background check (18 years and older). Volunteers are required to pay a one-time fee of $30 per adult and $20 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 7 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.


Step 3: Volunteer Orientation

Once you have submitted your fee, completed your application and background check, you are required to attend an orientation before you start volunteering. Volunteer orientations typically occur on the last Saturday of the month, January – October. Volunteers must have completed the previous steps in order to attend an orientation.

Step 4: Ready, 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.

Question? Email us at [email protected].