If you love animals then there is no better way to fuel your passion than by volunteering with an animal organization. Maybe an animal rescue organization or shelter, perhaps a wildlife center, or even a zoo! Here are some of the best volunteer opportunities in Tucson lovers for animal lovers of all ranges!
The Reid Park Zoo is located in central Tucson, and there are a wide variety of experiences to be had here. The volunteers of the Reid Park Zoo are there to enhance and enrich the experience that guests have when they visit the zoo. Docents for example are responsible for many educational enrichment programs like ‘touch stations’ and often know interesting information about the animals that can be shared with visitors.
- Teen Volunteer
- College Intern
- Elephant Care
- Events Volunteer
- Office Volunteer
- Information Booth Volunteer
Aside from volunteering in-person at the zoo, there are other ways to help! Donate, symbolically adopt an animal, sponsorship’s, or by becoming a Zoo Friendz Member.
The Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids has an incredible mission- to offer program participants the opportunity to provide service to people and animals of the community. Participants are given an opportunity to become a service provider to those less fortunate than themselves. TRAK is a non profit organization focused on the needs of children, and helping them blossom through interactions with animals. Volunteers may help with morning and evening chores, as well as by taking animals on community service visits to places like nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. Volunteers are essential in the execution and operation of fundraising efforts and educational classes too. There are separate volunteer applications for those over and under 18 years of age.
The HOPE Animal Shelter is known for being the only no-kill shelter for dogs & cats in Tucson. They do not euthanize any animal unless it is suffering. Their mission is to foster respect for all animal life by providing a safe haven for unwanted animals in their no-cage shelter facility. They strive to create an environment allowing for optimal physical and emotional enrichment of the animals as well as to end euthanasia of unwanted animals by encouraging adoptions, forming spay/neuter programs, and education. There are many ways to get involved by volunteering with the HOPE animal shelter. Volunteers should be 18 years or older, and can start the process by filling out a volunteer application. Volunteering in person is amazing- dog & cat kennels need cleaning each morning, and there is a yard always in need of scooping, and laundry always in need of washing. You can also become a foster home which provides animals a little extra TLC as they search for their forever homes. Other volunteer positions include: adoptions counselor, animal transport, fundraising, and event staff.
The Tucson Cold Wet Noses organization is non-profit, and they exist to rescue dogs from the local pound-Pima Animal Care Center. They take these dogs into their own care and then seek forever homes through adoption. This organization was created by a local group of dog lovers who banded together to make a difference, and you can help by volunteering! The Tucson Cold Wet Noses organization has a mission of finding the perfect match between dog and new owner. Their dogs all live indoors and have access to outdoors for both play and potty time. All of their dogs are adopted out with the intention of living indoors with their new families. Volunteers are most needed in these capacities: special events, adoption weekend, dog transport, work with behaviorally challenged dogs in behavior class & much more.