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.
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.
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*
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Animal Shelter! Currently, we are only accepting applications for foster volunteers. If you are interested, please view the Foster Program page. We will begin taking general volunteer applications again in May 2018. At that time, please return to this website to fill out an application online.
If the application is not open, or if the soonest Orientation and DAP 101 dates do not work for you, please see the dates for the rest of 2018.
Early Summer: Orientation May 26 at 12 p.m.; DAP 101 June 9 at 1 p.m. OR June 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Late Summer: Orientation July 17 at 10 a.m.; DAP 101 August 2 at 5:30 p.m. OR August 4 at 1 p.m.
Early Fall: Orientation September 8 at 12 p.m.; DAP 101 September 15 at 1 p.m. OR September 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Late Fall: Orientation November 2 at 10 a.m.; DAP 101 November 10 at 1 p.m. OR November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
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