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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 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. There is a separate application for Junior Team volunteering. All general volunteer requirements still apply.

Application process

  1. Complete the General Volunteer or the Junior Team Volunteer Application
  2. Contribute a $25 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 will be sent to the email address provided
  3. Attend Orientation
  4. Attend Training

With more than 40 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

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Animal Shelter! At this time, we are not accepting volunteer applications. We will begin taking general applications again in January 2019. At that time, please return to this page to fill out an application.


dog and cat in holiday attire

With the help of  caring neighbors like you, Denver Animal Shelter will make a difference in the lives of more than 11,000 animals in 2018. Sadly, many more animals are still waiting for love and happiness.

You can help make this a safe, warm and wonderful holiday season for Denver's most vulnerable animals.


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Contact Us

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


Adoption visits end one hour before closing (all adoptions must have a visit prior to paperwork being started).

Adoption lobby is closed to visitors 30 minutes before closing. 

Owner redemption paperwork must be started by 30 minutes before closing.

Full Services

Mon – Fri | 10:30 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun | 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Vaccination Clinic Services

Sat | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sun | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Clinic Cancellations or Schedule Changes

Occasionally we have to cancel or change the schedule for our vaccination clinic. When this occurs, cancellations will be posted in our events calendar located on the Home Page and Events Page.

Closed Holidays