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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  • We arent kidding when we say we have GREAT KITTIEShellip
    4 weeks ago We aren't kidding when we say we have GREAT KITTIES AND PUPPERS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! Summer is such a great time to welcome a new family member so come on by AVHS, we're open daily 12:30 to 5:30!  #adoptdontshop   #romeolikesbellyrubs   #whodoesnt 
  • Think its safe to say the TBK bank employees havehellip
    1 month ago Think it's safe to say the TBK bank employees have fallen in love with these three! Come by TBK bank in BV to meet these three and take one home!  #adoptdontshop   #rescuepuppies   #puppies 
  • This picture brought to you by cheese  Baby Girlhellip
    1 month ago This picture brought to you by cheese. . Baby Girl made an appearance at Sally Mather's closing reception at Sellars Project Space today (she's still available for adoption!) Come by until 6pm for one last chance to check out her beautiful artwork-50% of proceeds go towards a new shelter for AVHS!  #adoptdontshop   #daschund   #seniordogs 
  • Benefits of you submitting your pets photo to our photohellip
    2 months ago Benefits of you submitting your pet's photo to our photo contest/calendar fundraiser: 1. Your pet becomes the celebrity you've always known them to be. 2. It's cheap! 10 bucks to submit, $1 to vote 3. By participating, you're helping homeless pets! 4. You could win some awesome prizes! Link in bio!!  #shelterpets   #adoptdontshop   #dogsofinstagram   #catsofinstagram 
  • If this collection of pics and videos doesnt convince youhellip
    2 months ago If this collection of pics and videos doesn't convince you Blueberry is the sweetest, most cuddliest dog in the world-we don't know what will! Some refer to Blueberry as a giant cream puff and it's apparent why. Come meet this cuddle bug today!  #adoptdontshop   #dogs   #rescuedog 

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