Make a difference in animals’ lives by volunteering
How to Apply
Thanks for your interest in joining the PIN team! We couldn’t achieve our mission without the tireless work of our volunteer force.
STEP 1: Attend a 1-hour General Orientation. You’ll learn about Pets in Need, the roles currently available for volunteers, and the other ways you can involved at Pets in Need. See our website for Orientation dates.
STEP 2: Fill out a volunteer application and submit a copy of your driver license to our Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com).
Expect to hear from us within 2 weeks once your application is submitted and you have attended a General Orientation.
STEP 3: Sign up for Shelter Essentials, our basic training for new volunteers. You may also sign up for track-specific training, including workshops for Hiking Buddies/Mutt Strut, Playgroups, and Clicker Training (Special Projects).
STEP 4: Complete Shelter Essentials and become a fully-fledged PIN volunteer. Welcome to the team!
More about Volunteering at PIN
- For safety reasons, our volunteer tracks that entail direct contact with animals are open only to those 18 years or older.
- Passionate community members under 18 are invited to check out our Enrichment volunteering, Camp PIN Pals and Teen Shadow programs.
- Because of the staff resources required to train volunteers, we do not offer short-term volunteer opportunities for individuals. For info about corporate or other group volunteering opportunities, please visit our corporate volunteer page.
Volunteer Opportunities – Please note that availability varies
- Enrichment Assistant (suitable for all ages): Help our animals maintain their behavioral health by building things to liven up their enclosures. You’ll make items at home and then drop them off at Pets in Need.
- Playgroup Monitor (18 and up): Work with a team to manage doggy playgroups of 2-12 animals.
- Dog TLC (18 and up): Spend some quiet time with our dogs one-on-one in their kennels.
- Hiking Buddy/Mutt Strut (18 and up): Become a single dog’s advocate, taking that dog for one 1-3 hour outing per week until it is adopted.
- Dog Walker (18 and up): Take our dogs outdoors for walks around the block, yard time, and potty breaks.
- Special Projects (18 and up): Let Pets in Need introduce you to the amazing world of animal behavior and cognition–then use your new skills to help an individual animal learn basic “tricks” or overcome a problem behavior.
- Feline Friends (18 and up): Help enrich the life of cats by engaging them in play and socializing them.
- Animal Photographer/Videographer (18 and up): Pet, camera, action! Take pictures and videos of our animals as needed for our website and media use.
- Community Outreach (18 and up): Assist at adoption and other offsite events. Help by handling our adoptable animals and speaking to the public about Pets In Need, our animals, and programs.
- Foster Care: Open your home to animals that are either too young to be adopted or have behavioral/medical needs. Learn more about our foster program here.
For any questions, please email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.