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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 13-15 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

  • Complete the General Volunteer or the Junior Team Volunteer Application
  • Contribute a $25 fee to cover cost of volunteer t-shirt, nametag, and background check
    • 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
  • Attend Orientation
  • Attend Training

  • With over 40 volunteer roles we have the volunteer position for you! *Certain positions require pre-requisites and/or age requirements – these are discussed at orientation*
  • Some of our volunteer roles allow you to:
    • Help each dog, cat, or critter in our care have a comfortable stay and feel at home 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 our care 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 our shelter partners

We are now accepting applications for our Summer volunteer session. Please click the link below to complete the online application.

Please allow 1-3 weeks for your application to be processed. Once accepted, you will hear from the Volunteer Program Coordinator via email with an invitation to the Summer Volunteer Orientation and Open House. The Summer orientation will take place on Saturday, May 20th. Thank you for helping homeless pets in need by volunteering for the Denver Animal Shelter!


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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