How to Volunteer
The Shelter is always seeking people who want to make a difference for the animals in our community through volunteer service. Our volunteers are heroes to the many animals who arrive at the Shelter each year. You can make a difference in many ways. You may wish to work directly with the animals, on community events, or in Shelter operations.
Each and every volunteer position directly affects the lives of all our shelter animals. Once you have volunteered, your heart will never be the same!
If you’re interested in a volunteer position please complete the following steps:
1. Click here to complete the Volunteer Profile
2. Read the Volunteer Handbook
A copy will be emailed to you once you complete the profile or you can get a hard copy from the Animal Shelter. After completing the profile and reading the handbook please attend orientation where you will learn all about the fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities the Shelter has to offer.
3. Check out our general Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in helping out with upcoming events? Here are a few to check out...
Strut Your Mutt
The next Strut Your Mutt volunteer dog walk will take place on Sunday, Nov 10 from 3-4 pm at Quigley Canyon. Please join us for a chance to get to know each other and to show off our own dogs. We love cats too but we don’t think they would like the walk. You do not have to bring a dog to this event.
Sat 11/16, Sun 11/17
Help members of the community and their animals get their photo taken with “Santa Paws”. Three people are needed to help with registration and staging from 11-2. It is not required that you work both days.
Sign up for the annual Turkey Trot in Hailey and run with a Shelter dog. Let the Shelter know when you are signed up and make a shelter dog’s day!
Staff will prepare activities for you to complete at Blaine Manor and the Senior Connection. This activity helps create a connection between animals and people for those who would not regularly have that opportunity.
Barkin’ Basement Customer Service
Tuesdays and Thursdays
If you’re interested in helping at the Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store, we would be grateful to have you as a volunteer. There are 2 training shifts that will prepare you for future service with the Barkin’ from 9-12 and 12-3 on Tuesdays and Thursday
If you have not yet attended orientation, please join us at the Animal Shelter on Monday December 2 from 5- 6 pm to learn more about the Shelter and all the fun volunteer opportunities. Space is limited, please contact Brittany to reserve your spot today firstname.lastname@example.org 208-788-4351.
Group Volunteer Activities and Tours
If you have a group that would like a tour, field trip, or to complete a one-time project, please contact the Shelter at 208-788-4351. A minimum of one week advance notice or more is usually required to schedule a group. We try to accommodate groups of any size. Be advised that, because of safety issues with our pets and your group, there may be little to no interaction with animals for large scale group projects.
Mandatory Community Service
We require all court-appointed community service volunteers to contact the Shelter prior to beginning their service hours. Community Service Volunteers must set up their schedule prior to coming in for their first shift.
To do your service at the Animal Shelter, call 208-788-4351
To do your service at the Barkin' Basement, call 208-788-3854
Community Service Protocols:
All community service workers must be pre-approved by the Animal Shelter
The Animal Shelter allows court-appointed volunteers who are 16 years of age or older.
The following offenses will not be allowed to perform community service:
For questions about volunteering or to learn more about our program, call 208-788-4351, or email email@example.com.