Phoenix is certainly one big city in the desert! So it’s not surprising that animal lovers in the Phoenix area have a wide selection of animal related volunteer opportunities to choose from. The weather in Phoenix isn’t conducive towards sustaining life for a stray pet for long, so animal control efforts go above and beyond to keep animals safe from the heat extremes. Regardless, if you’re a dog lover, a cat person, or have an affinity for all the creatures, big and small- there is bound to be an animal organization geared towards your interest and abilities. Here are four of the best animal-related volunteer opportunities in Phoenix!
HALO Animal Rescue is fueled by a passionate group of employees and volunteers. HALO is an acronym for Helping Animals Live On, which is the mission of this dedicated group. HALO is literally a safe haven for thousands of homeless animals in the Phoenix area each year. HALO specializes on the ‘underdog’ you might say. They provide refuge and rehabilitation for animals that might be destroyed at other local shelters due to things like: treatable illness/injury, under socialized, under age, in need of a little extra TLC. HALO staff and volunteers provide each animal with the medical attention, care, and love that it needs to become ready to be adopted into their own loving homes.
If you feel a passion for ending unnecessary euthanasia of pets, then team up with HALO in some capacity and you’re sure to make an impact! If you can volunteer physically at the shelter, by fostering an animal temporarily in your own home, or by donating necessary funds you’ll be greatly appreciated. Volunteers for hands on work with the animals must be 18 years or older. Last year alone, HALO saved 7,073 dogs and cats which just goes to prove they’re making a remarkable difference!
The Arizona Humane Society created a volunteer program so that Phoenix area PetParents could engage with animals in need. Their mission is to safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, and adopt animals in need. Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society has been protecting the lost and abandoned animals of Phoenix. The Arizona Humane Society offers plenty of ways for you to get involved, even if you never set foot in the shelter! Donate online, donate a vehicle, purchase a few items from the shelter wish list, or see some of the other varied giving opportunities.
Volunteers with AHS should be 16 years and older. All volunteers must attend the required training and commit 8 hours/month for a minimum of 8 months. After the training though, there are many ways you can get involved:
- animal socialization
- administrative/office support
- kitten nursery
- special events
- animal hospital
- and more!
The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill facility. They fully understand and acknowledge that volunteers are the key to their organizations continued success. Each year, the AAWL & SPCA works to re-home more than 5,000 dogs and cats that they save from other local shelters. They have a vast network of foster parents which help the shelter care for very young or elderly animals. The AAWL & SPCA only adopts out dogs and cats who have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and are current on their vaccines.
AAWL & SPCA asks that volunteers only apply who are 18 or older, and can provide 8 hours of service each month, for a minimum of 6 months. There is a volunteer orientation that is held 3x/month- all volunteers must attend this session prior to their first time volunteering. You can help in the cattery, by walking dogs, cleaning up after animals, socializing pets, adoptions counselor, foster home, fundraising, lobby host, help maintain shelter grounds, transport pets, educate on animals in shelter. Whatever your unique skills, they are certain to be put to good use!
They intend to accomplish this by providing medical care, adoptions, and promotion of spay/neuter programs as well as education outreach for pet owners. Maricopa County is the second largest animal welfare system in the United States (second to Los Angeles County) because Maricopa County currently has nearly a 50% euthanasia rate, your help is greatly needed. You can volunteer in a number of ways: hands on animal care, animal exercise and socialization, fundraising, foster, marketing assistance, and grant writing.
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