Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions




Frequently Asked Questions

A place to find answers to questions commonly asked by volunteers.


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Q: Are there costs associated with volunteering at AVHS?

A: Volunteers are required to purchase a volunteer t-shirt for $10.00. You can purchase these at the time of your volunteer orientation.

Q: Can I satisfy court-ordered community requirements?

A: At this time we are unable to provide court-ordered community service.

Q: How do I become a volunteer?

A: Apply online at our Get Involved Page. You will then receive confirmation of submission of your application from our volunteer coordinator. After reviewing your application, the volunteer coordinator will send you an email to inform you of the next volunteer orientation that you will need to attend. These are usually held on two Sundays of every month at 2:00 p.m. After you have completed orientation it will be your responsibility to complete dog and/or cat proficiency with one of our staff members to be trained on how to handle the cats and dogs at the shelter.

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?

A: To volunteer at the shelter, you must be at least 12 years of age. Volunteers ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To see volunteer opportunities outside of the shelter, please visit our DIY volunteer page.

Q: I’m not old enough to volunteer, but I want to help. What can I do?

A: Host a fundraiser. If interested, please call our volunteer coordinator at 719.966.8025.

Host a donation drive at your school to collect items off of our wish list which you can then donate to us.

Explore our DIY Volunteer page to do things from home like bake dog and cat treats and make dog or cat toys.


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    1 day ago Well are you? We hope you're planning to come to our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event. It's THIS Friday, Oct. 20th from 5-8pm at the Salida SteamPlant & will be a FUN event for a GREAT cause that you won't want to miss! Get tickets now for $15 ($20 at the door)! Click the link in our bio for more info, including where to get tickets.  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #fundraiserevent   #salidaevents   #supportyourcommunity   #salidacommunity   #salidasteamplant 
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    4 days ago Want to help sweet furbaby faces like these? Come to our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event on Friday, October 20th from 5-8 pm at the Salida SteamPlant. The crucial funds we raise at this event will allow us to help over 1,000 animals like these every year. Come join us for an evening of fun for a great cause! Click the link in our bio for more info. ❤️  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #fundraiserevent   #furbabies   #salidaevents   #supportyourcommunity   #adoptdontshop 
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    2 weeks ago Our Key Values are: Compassion: For those we serve, animals and humans. Leadership: Inspiring hope and kindness through strength, education & example. Kindness: Towards people and pets that find themselves in difficult situations. Transparency: In our relationships and partnerships with the work we do. We're proud of these Key Values and a huge part of our ability to uphold them is through our supporters in the community. Cause for the Paws is our largest fundraising event of the year. We invite YOU to join us on Friday Oct. 20th from 5-8 pm to support the life-saving work we do AND…
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    2 weeks ago Cause for the Paws is our largest annual event, raising the crucial funds we need to help over 1,000 animals each year. In 2016 we helped over 1,200 animals through our programs and services and we're on track to exceed that number in 2017. But we couldn't do it without the support of the community. We invite you to show your support by attending our 3rd Annual Cause of the Paws Event on Friday October 20th at the Salida SteamPlant AND by inviting your friends. Click the link in our bio for more on the event. Hope to see you…
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    3 weeks ago Our 3rd Annual Cause for the Paws fundraising event is nearly 3 weeks away!!! We're getting excited & wanted to give you a sneak peek of event flyer, soon to be hung around BV & Salida. We hope you're planning to join us on Friday Oct 20th at the Salida SteamPlant. Click the link in our bio for more info about the event!  #C4TP2017   #AVHS   #salidaevents 

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