Age - General volunteers must be at least 16 years old (some positions require individuals to be at least 18 years of age). Under 16? Learn more about becoming a Junior Volunteer.
Time commitment - Volunteers must be able to make a commitment of three hours per week for six months at our shelters in Denver or Castle Rock. Unable to make the required commitment? Click here to learn more about our community service program.
1. Complete the application below - If your availability and interests coincide with available volunteer positions, we'll contact you to schedule you for a volunteer orientation.
2. Attend orientation - Each volunteer attends a two-and-a-half-hour orientation where we provide an overview of our services, philosophies, an introduction to our volunteer program and a tour of the shelter.
3. Interview - Prospective volunteers interview one-on-one with a Dumb Friends League representative to discuss personal goals and determine the most suitable volunteer assignment.
4. Attend training class - To learn about safety procedures, pet adoptions, animal behavior and the League's many programs. Volunteers attend a general information lecture based class followed by hands on training in their new position.
As part of the volunteer application process, there is a $25 volunteer application fee that covers the cost of administrative processing, background check fees and volunteer uniform.
Since we have a higher need for weekday volunteers, we are only offering limited weekend orientations at this time. Our next weekend orientation for both the Quebec Street Shelter and Buddy Center will be in August.