Make a difference in the lives of the animals at Ark-Valley Humane Society  today.

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Volunteers are a critical part of what AVHS does everyday for the animals.

There are so many opportunities to partner with us to enrich the lives of the animals currently at the shelter. Opportunities to help include, walking our dogs and providing enrichment and training to our dogs and cats. Volunteers also assist with chores such as laundry, washing dishes, yard work, shelter maintenance projects and keeping our facility clean. Volunteers can also help with transporting animals, cleaning the adoptable cat room, helping at special events and fostering animals.

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be at least 12 years old to volunteer at the shelter or at events.
  • Volunteers ages 12-15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during orientation, training, and while volunteering.
  • Comfortable around dogs and cats.
  • Complete a volunteer application (linked below), volunteer waiver and confidentiality agreement. For youth volunteers a parent or guardian will also need to complete their own volunteer application and become a volunteer.
  • View the Volunteer Orientation PowerPoint.
  • Read the Volunteer Handbook.
  • Complete cat/dog training and tour of AVHS.


STEP 1: Start by filling out an online volunteer application (see forms below).

STEP 2: View the Volunteer Orientation PowerPoint and read the Volunteer Handbook.

STEP 3: Sign a Confidentiality Agreement/Volunteer Liability Waiver.

STEP 4: Sign up for Dog/Cat training and take a tour of AVHS. Reach out to Heather at to sign up!

STEP 5: Once you complete the dog or cat proficiency you will receive your volunteer t-shirt and be activated in the system as a fully-trained volunteer!

Meet our Volunteer/Foster Coordinator: Heather Mills

Heather began working at AVHS in 2021 as an Animal Care Technician. She has lived in CO for over 20 years and has worked with animals most of her life as a horse trainer, competitor, and vet tech. She owns 2 dogs. Piper, who came from a friend’s litter, and Jubie, who was adopted from AVHS in 2022.