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Volunteer Applications On Hold

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Animal Shelter. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all new volunteer onboarding is on hold until further notice. We are not currently accepting volunteer applications. Please check back at a later time to see when we will begin new volunteer onboarding. 

Why 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 willing to make a 6-month commitment of 8-hours per month in a regular weekly or bi-weekly schedule.

Must be 16 years of age or older.

  • Junior Team Volunteer Program: Must be between 12-15 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Junior Team Volunteers must complete two applications, one for the junior volunteer and a general volunteer application for the adult. All general volunteer requirements still apply.

Application process

  1. Complete the General Volunteer or the Junior Team Volunteer Application
  2. Contribute a $30 fee to cover cost of volunteer t-shirt, nametag, and background check
    1. A link to the Denver Animal Shelter donation page will appear on the screen after you submit your application and a receipt will be sent to the email address provided
  3. Attend Orientation
  4. Interview
  5. Attend Training

With more than 20 volunteer roles Denver Animal Shelter has the volunteer position for you!

*Certain positions require pre-requisites and/or age requirements – these are discussed at orientation*

Some of the Denver Animal Shelter's volunteer roles allow you to:

  • Help each dog, cat or critter have a comfortable stay by becoming an Animal Care Assistant.
  • Work with families to help them find their forever friend as an Adoption Counselor or Kennel Guide.
  • Boost each animal’s experience in the shelter through basic enrichment including dog walking and cat socializing.
  • Learn more about animal medicine by assisting in the Veterinary Clinic.
  • Utilize your artistic skills as a photographer or development team assistant.
  • Educate and assist in the community by bringing adoptable animals to the news, performing outreach to Denver residents or assisting with the transport between shelter partners.
  • Foster pets in your home

Hello and thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Animal Protection! In 2020, we will be offering volunteer orientation once per month. Please complete a volunteer application to sign up for an orientation that works for you. We look forward to meeting you! Please email with any questions.  


Saturday, January 18th 8-10am

Tuesday, February 11th 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, March 7th 8-10am

Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, May 2nd 8-10am

Tuesday, June 9th 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, July 11th 8-10am

Tuesday, August 11th 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, September 12th 8-10am

Tuesday, October 13th 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, November 7th 8-10am

Tuesday, December 8th 5:30-7:30pm

Please click on the appropriate link below to complete an application.

General Volunteer Application

Junior Volunteer Application

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Denver Animal  Protection (DAP) provides care to more than 12,000 pets each year. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 6,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.



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Denver, CO 80223

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