We are not accepting volunteer applications at this time! Please check back later.

Why Become a Volunteer?


Make a difference:  Your time and effort will help make the animals at the Denver Animal Shelter as comfortable as possible. 

Increase social awareness: 
By volunteering with the Denver Animal Shelter, you'll stay in touch with your community and its needs and issues as they relate to the humane treatment of animals. 

Feel better mentally and physically:
People who volunteer have been known to be happier, healthier, feel they have a purpose and have a greater sense of self-satisfaction.  Volunteering with animals can even lower your stress level, heighten your immune system, and help you sleep better at night. 

Build your resume and gain real-life experience:
Employers, high schools, and universities highly value volunteerism. 

Expand your social circle:
As a volunteer with our team, you will have the opportunity to connect with other animal lovers in your community.

How To Become a Volunteer

  • Must be 16 years of age or older  (age 13-15 acceptable when accompanied by a non-staff adult)
  • Complete a volunteer application (We are not accepting volunteer applications at this time! Please check back later.)
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Volunteer interview
  • Complete training

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Outreach Assistant
  • Animal Transporter
  • Kennel Assistants
  • Dog Groomers
  • Dog Trainer
  • Rabies Clinic Assistants
  • Dog Socialization
  • Cat Socialization

Volunteer orientations are held twice a month at the shelter. These orientations are great opportunities to learn about the staff and volunteer requirements. Information will be given on the mission, goals, policies and procedures of the shelter and the history behind Animal Control.

Interview An interview will be scheduled soon after the volunteer coordinator receives your application. We will discuss your interests and skills to assure a good match.

Training Following your interview, you will be scheduled to attend a training session to prepare you for your volunteer position.

To begin the volunteer process, you must complete a volunteer application. (We are not accepting volunteer applications at this time! Please check back later.)

Volunteer Spotlight

Dave Parman - Dave started with DAS as a volunteer in our Dog Socialization Program in May 2011. Dave spends the majority of his time socializing scared, timid and shy dogs in our Lost & Found area. Dave has a calming demeanor that provides a positive connection to our shelter animals. Dave’s fellow volunteers will often approach him and direct him to dogs that they are unable to work with, and from there Dave works his magic. 

Read more about Dave's great work HERE!

1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO  80223
3-1-1 or 720-913-1311

Mon – Fri | 10:30AM – 6:30PM
Sat & Sun | 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Adoptions and redemptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.

Closed Holidays