Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  Volunteers are essential to the work we do here at BAHS.

Volunteers must be over the age of 16 to volunteer without an adult.  Children ages 13-15 can volunteer with a parent present.  If you are interested in opportunities for children under the age of 13, please check out the Youth Volunteering tab.

Once the application is filled out, we will schedule a tour and provide training.  Please see the jobs that are available to volunteers below.  Email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bahspets.org with any questions.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Socialization Team

Waking the BAHS dogs requires 10 hours of shelter volunteering. Those 10 hours could include volunteering duties such as cleaning, laundry, creation station, administrative work and/or the resource pantry. Once the 10 hours are completed, you can sign up for a dog/leash handling class with our volunteer coordinator. Then you will be able to walk the shelter dogs during volunteer hours. Cat/kitten socialization does not require the 10 hours of previous volunteering.
You can also create enrichment items for shelter dogs and cats at our Creation Station! Please check with our volunteer coordinator about this.

Did you know that you can earn money for BAHS, just by dog walking.  Just download the WoofTrax app and support BAHS while walking your dogs or ours!

Cleaning Team

Cleaning begins at 9 AM and is usually finished by 10:30 AM.  If you would like to assist with cleaning, after completing the volunteer orientation, please sign up for a shift on our volunteer calendar at the shelter.

Site Maintenance Team

 We have many maintenance needs throughout the year.  We often need  volunteers to mow our lawns, help with landscaping and our volunteer walking trails.

Events/Fundraising Team

Volunteer at our events as needed.  Our biggest events  are Wine for Whiskers, Glo Bingo, Race for Rescue 5K, and Bags for Wags.   We need help with soliciting donations and sponsorships, set‐up and cleanup,  check‐in and checkout, etc.

Community Education/Outreach Team

This job involves representing BAHS at community events, nursing homes, running our Junior Volunteer Program, Reading Program, and Teen Club. We also host a Pet Resource Pantry the last Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m.  The tasks for the pantry include stocking items during the month or attending and volunteering the to help lead volunteers on pantry day. If helping people with pet resources is your passion, please ask about our proactive efforts on community outreach. You can sign up to join our outreach coordinator on specific days they go out in the community to discuss pet resources.
*Requires additional training hours and a minimum of 20 volunteer hours.

Front Desk Team

Answer phones, assemble adoption bags, and help with data  entry.  *Requires additional training and a weekly time commitment.

Dog Day Out

Every Sunday is Dog Day Out at the shelter.  This program is available to volunteers with 10 hours or more of animal socialization time and BAHS fosters.  We will often plan pack walks and hikes for the Dog Day Out.  New volunteers are welcome to join the pack walks.  Please email volunteer@bahspets.org for more information.

Adoption Event Team

Volunteers with more than 10 animal socialization volunteer hours and handle animals at adoption events.  These events are an important part of getting our pets adopted!

Vet Drop Team

Are you available in the mornings or afternoons to assist with vet drops?  Our pets have scheduled appointments with many area veterinarian for spay/neuter, etc.  Members of the vet drop team pick shelter pets up and take them to and from their medical appointments.

BFtF Program (Best Friends til Forever)

Our BFtF Program (Best Friends til Forever) gives experienced volunteers a chance to provide one on one attention and training to BAHS animals.  This may be a 2 week commitment or a 6 month commitment, depending on how long your BFtF stays with us.

Volunteers interested in this program must:

  • Be a current volunteer with at least 10 animal socialization hours
  • Visit your BFtF at least 2 times per week
  • Dog BFtFs must meet with our adoption counselors at least 2 times per month to work on obedience training
  • Once you have 10 or more animal socialization volunteer hours you should take your BFtF to at least one special event per month (for example, Pet Smart adoption event, Race for Rescues, Ice Cream Social, Doggy Egg Hunt, etc.)
  • Post on social media about your BFtF or provide media for our social media coordinator.  No pictures of the animals in their kennels please.  Outside pictures and pictures of you with your BFtF are perfect!
  • Assist adopters who may be interested in your BFtF by providing them with information about your new friend
  • Write a short note in a diary after each visit about what you did and your animals behaviors.  Stay positive, but be honest.

Volunteers who are interested in becoming a BFtF can contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bahspets.org to apply and be matched with your shelter pet.