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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 16 years of age or older (age 13-15 acceptable when accompanied by a non-staff adult)

Complete a Volunteer Application

Attend an orientation session (Volunteer orientation sessions are held monthly and new volunteers are invited based on the order in which they apply)

Volunteer interview

Complete training

Community Outreach Assistant

Animal Transporter

Kennel Assistants

Dog Groomers

Dog Trainer

Rabies Clinic Assistants

Dog Socialization Volunteer

Cat Socialization Volunteer

Photography Volunteer 

Fundraising Volunteer

Foster Home Volunteer

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.

We are not currently accepting applications for new volunteers.

We will begin accepting new volunteer applications in January 2016.

Volunteer Spotlight

DAS Volunteer, WendyWendy - Wendy started as a volunteer in September 2012 and originally joined with her two young sons, Matthew and Andrew.  Our program requires a parent to join with junior volunteers, so Wendy dedicated herself to walking dogs on Saturdays.  As time went on, Matthew and Andrew became involved in other educational activities that kept them from coming to the shelter.  Luckily for the shelter, Wendy continues to be passionate about volunteering and contributes hundreds of hours to the Dog Socialization Program.

Read more about Wendy here!



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


Full Services

Mon – Fri | 10:30AM – 6:30PM
Sat & Sun | 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Vaccination Clinic Only

Sat | 9:00AM – 11:00AM (Year Round)
Sun | 9:00AM – 11:00AM (May -         November Only)

Adoptions and redemptions end 30 minutes prior to closing. 

Meet and greets and visits with animals end 1 hour prior to closing. 

Closed Holidays