If you’re an animal lover, giving back to a local shelter, rescue group, or animal advocacy organization can be an incredible way to make a positive impact on your community and your life. We think you’ll be surprised in the ways that it will change you too! Nearly all animal care and advocacy groups rely on their dedicated group of volunteers in order to get by day to day. Volunteers play a critical and vital role in the success and happiness of the animals under the organizations care. Here are some of the best animal related volunteer opportunities in Atlanta!
With two different shelter campuses, the Atlanta Humane Society has plenty of ways for local animal lovers to give back. No matter your comfort level or area of expertise, there is a way your skills can shine when put to good use with the AHS.
- Greeter/Shop assistant
- Special Events
- Visiting/Therapy pet program
- foster care provider
- animal admissions
- administrative assistance
- heartbank volunteer
- social media volunteer
The process to become a volunteer with AHS varies depending on location.
A. The Howell Mill Campus:
Fill out online application. Pay fee (for t-shirt, apron, leash) Attend volunteer training. Prepare to volunteer for 5 hrs/month at least 6 months. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
B. The Mansell Campus:
Register for a volunteer orientation. Pay fee (for t-shirt, apron leash) Attend volunteer orientation (1st hour is orientation, history, training. 2nd hour is a questionnaire, & short interview). If your application is approved you will volunteer for 16 hours as a level 1 volunteer. Afterwards you can choose an area where you will work. Contact email@example.com
2. Paws Atlanta
Paws Atlanta has been making a difference in the community for 45 years now. Since their inception, they have found loving homes for over 40,000 animals! Paws Atlanta relies heavily on the animal loving volunteers who come forth and donate their time and compassion. All of the Paws Atlanta volunteers are required to be 18 years or older. Volunteers will be expected to attend an orientation that lasts an hour and a half. One of the most needed volunteer activities is to walk and socialize the dogs. Weekend work in the cat cottage is also extremely helpful. Aside from working with animals, there is web work, photos, administrative assistance, and more that simply can’t get done without the help of volunteers.
3. Zoo Atlanta
It’s not every zoo that allows and accepts volunteers. At the Atlanta Zoo however, there are several opportunities available. Truly exciting if you’re an exotic animals lover.
- Adult volunteers
- Teen volunteers (14-17)
- Family volunteers
- Group volunteers
- Occasional internship opportunities
Zoo volunteers must fulfill a certain set of criteria including: maintaining a zoo membership, committing to a minimum of 1 year (5o hrs/yr), purchase and wear volunteer uniform ($15 total), follow all rules and guidelines provided, attend training and continuing ed classes as needed.
Zoo Volunteer Opportunities:
- animal nutrition kitchen
- guest services
- giraffe assistant
- enrichment team
- zoo ambassador
- exhibit interpreter
- husbandry assistant
- horticulture team
- and many more!
The Fulton County Animal Services is managed by LifeLine Animal Project and they strive to provide a humane environment for the homeless pets in Fulton County. They also enforce animal control laws, provide vet care for the animals in their care, and more. The LifeLife Animal Project helps prevent unwanted litters by their low cost spay/neuter program. They host free vaccine clinics and have a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.
Volunteers should be aged 18 or older, although minors from 14-17 can volunteer with a parent present. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 6 hours a month. Regardless of which species you connect with most, or the skills that you have, there is an opportunity for your services to be put to great use at the Fulton County Animal Services.
You can help with things like:
- assisting adopters
- bathing/grooming dogs
- walking/socializing/exercising dogs
- offsite adoption/fundraising events
- photos of pets at the shelter
- foster care, kitten raising
It rings true that the bigger the city, the more opportunity there is to give back. Atlanta is full of ways for animal lovers to get involved and make a difference in their neighborhood, community, city, and beyond. No matter how you choose to give back, the dedication of your time and devotion will have a ripple effect on the lives of the animals you make a difference for.