Volunteers are an important part of our mission. There are many ways that your compassion and expertise can make a difference for the animals in our care. Opportunities are available assisting the public with adoptions or lost and found animals, providing care and affection in our kennels and exercising and training our dogs. We also need foster parents to take home kittens and puppies that are too young to go up for adoption yet. We even have some jobs that can be done from the comfort of your own home or out in our community. The Animal Shelter is a 7-day a week operation, and volunteers are needed every day of the week.
Volunteer Restrictions & Orientation
To volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old and willing to make a six-month commitment of approximately three hours per week. Complete an application online or mail your completed Animal Shelter Volunteer Application and Animal Shelter Agreement (available below) to:
Volunteer & Rescue Supervisor
Adams County Animal Shelter / Adoption Center
10705 Fulton St.
Brighton, CO 80601
Once we've received your application, we'll contact you for our next available orientation. Orientations are held quarterly on a Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. During orientation, you will receive an overview of our services, philosophies and volunteer opportunities. Attendees also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter. At the end of the session, you will schedule a session with the volunteer supervisor to discuss your interests, personal goals and availability in order to find the most suitable volunteer assignment.
Note: Many volunteer positions require training on our software programs, safe animal handling procedures or safety protocols.
Benefits of Volunteering
There are many benefits to being a volunteer: getting involved in our community, developing new skills and explore the field of animal care, improving the quality of life for animals, helping animals become more adoptable, meeting new friends, attending our annual appreciation banquet and the fulfillment that comes from knowing you are making a difference!