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, you will schedule yourself for a dog and/or cat proficiency with one of our staff members.

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 719.966.8023.

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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    2 weeks ago Chelsea LOVES the kind ladies at Community Banks of Colorado! They are always so welcome and friendly, Chelsea feels right at home!
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    2 weeks ago Early Registration for Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals ends on Thursday May 17th! Sign up now to get discount pricing on this family & dog-friendly 5K! The race is Sunday May 20th at 9 am at the Salida Dog Park (check-in & day of registration 8-8:45) Click the link in our bio to register & learn more!
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    2 weeks ago Come see Chelsea at Community Banks of Colorado in Salida! We’re here until four! Chelsea will be giving away hugs and kisses!
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    2 weeks ago Photo shoot with Coral this girl will not last long! Great personality, beautiful coloring, easy-going...What’s not to love?
  • Thank you to our sponsors of our 1st Tails on
    3 weeks ago Thank you to our sponsors of our 1st Tails on the Trails 5k Run/Walk for Animals! (Not all sponsors shown here)We couldn’t put on this fun event without your support! Proceeds from this event will benefit the lifesaving work of our organization! Tails on the Trail is Sunday May 20th at the Salida Dog Park. If you’re interested in participating, it’s not too late to register (click the link in our bio)  #thankyou 
  • Did you know that several amazing businesses sponsored our upcoming
    3 weeks ago Did you know that several amazing businesses sponsored our upcoming Tails on Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals? We’re so grateful for their support! The ones mentioned here aren’t even all of them!!! Thanks guys! Your support helps us with our mission to advocate for the welfare of animals through compassion and care!
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    3 weeks ago You planning to come out to Loyal Dukes Dog Park in Salida on Sunday May 20th? You should. It’s gonna be fun! Our 1st Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals will be starting at 9 a.m (registration/check in at 8 am). This family and dog-friendly 5k will be one you won’t want to miss! We’ve got: prizes, goodie bags, snacks, kiddie pools (for the pups), mountain views throughout the course, a downhill finish and soooo much more! Click the link in our bio or visit www.ark-valley.org/TailsontheTrail to learn more & register!

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