Volunteer with Animal Services
Without volunteers, many of the approximately 8,000 animals LMAS takes in each year would have limited human interaction during their time with us. The shelter environment can be very stressful for an animal. We rely on volunteers to help us change that. Some volunteer tasks do not involve direct contact with the animals, but even these “jobs” ultimately help the animals.
Steps to Become a Volunteer:
1. For more information about volunteering with us, please read the volunteer manual:
Information about LMAS' volunteer program
2. Have you read the manual? Do you meet the requirements? Are you still interested in volunteering? If so, please complete the online volunteer application:
3. You’re almost finished! After you’ve completed the online application, please be sure to contact our volunteer coordinator to find out when the next volunteer orientation is, or if you have any other questions regarding volunteer opportunities at LMAS. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What if I’m too young to volunteer? How can I help?
Underage volunteers (16 and 17-year-olds) may volunteer at the shelter to help in ways that do not involve contact with the animals. In particular, underage volunteers may assist with our enrichment program by making treats for the animals.
We also encourage volunteers of all ages to pursue off-site, project-based volunteer opportunities that help our shelter pets. For example, volunteers may create donation boxes, play yard equipment, “adopt me” vests and more. If you have a skill or talent you think you can put to use to help our animals, please contact our volunteer coordinator to further discuss your idear.
2. Are there any opportunities for volunteer groups?
Yes! LMAS schedules one-time volunteer groups primarily to help with our enrichment program. These groups usually consist of five to 12 volunteers who are at the shelter for about one or two hours. The volunteers normally spend the majority of their time making treats for the shelter animals. They may spend some time interacting with the animals. Prior to their volunteer experience, these groups may have a donation drive to collect items that could be used while the group volunteers. Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information.
3. Is it possible to help without actually going to the shelter?
Yes! Please read the above response to question one for information about off-site, project-based volunteer opportunities. A donation drive is also a great way to help. LMAS is always in need of supplies, and these items cover a wide range of budgets. Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information.
4. What if I need community service hours?
LMAS does not accept court-ordered community service, but we encourage you to contact some of the other area animal welfare agencies to see if you may be of service to them. Students in need of community service hours may be able to complete their hours if they meet the standard requirements for volunteering. Please contact the volunteer coordinator for more information.