Are you an animal lover? Ready to give back to a local shelter, rescue group, or animal advocacy organization in your area? GO YOU! Volunteering with animals can be an incredible way to make a positive impact on your community and your own 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 St. Louis!
The Gateway Pet Guardians is a non-profit organization in St. Louis that brings hope and comfort to stray pets in Eastern St. Louis. They work to educate the community to eliminate homelessness of dogs and cats. As with most shelters, there are plenty of different ways you can get involved! Volunteer for hands on care of the animals, or take a hands-off approach and focus on fundraising and promoting adoptions. Another major way to get involved with Gateway Pet Guardians is to become a part of the feeding program. Do you live or work in the East St. Louis area? If so, Gateway Pet Guardians can provide you with food to help feed the stray animal population in the area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the Stray Guardians program.
The Humane Society of Missouri has been saving animals lives since 1870. They provide a safe home to animals in need- both large and small that may have been abandoned, or neglected. HSM has a goal of ending the cycle of animal abuse and pet overpopulation. The Missouri Humane Society currently accepts volunteers who are 18 and older, and can commit to a minimum of 6 months. There is a 1 hour orientation, and then volunteers work one-on-one with a mentor to train for their position within the shelter. With four separate shelter locations, and the animals in their care being both large and small, there are never too many hands to pitch in.
- Kennel Enrichment
- Adoption Assistance
- Dog Walking
- Event Management
- Education Opportunities
- Animal care & clean up
The opportunity to volunteer at your local zoo is a rare one indeed. St. Louis natives are lucky that the St. Louis zoo is one of the facilities that does allow for volunteer opportunities. Volunteers with a love for animals and a passion for their community are sought out to work with the Saint Louis Zoo. You don’t have to have prior experience in order to volunteer, you’ll be taught what you need for the volunteer position you secure. Volunteers should be at least 15 years old and willing to donate at least 30 hours of service over the year. A required training program (free of charge) is required prior to your first volunteer session. A variety of positions are available to cater to a wide variety of skills: docent, gift shop, education, insectarium, events, inter/externships, and even tour guides.
Volunteering with the STL gives you the power to change the world, one pet at a time. There are numerous ways you can help! Take a dog to the vet, show them off at an adoption event, or become a foster parent! Walk dogs, bathe them, help them brush up on their manners. The list is literally endless. Volunteering so closely with rescue animals will give you such insight into these beautiful creatures, watch as they blossom and come out of their former shells.
Here’s how to help:
- hold a donation drive- food, blankets, pet supplies are always needed
- send a donation
- transport pets to vet and adoption events
- work fundraising or adoption events
- spread the word
- hands on care of animals
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.