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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  • BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Cause
    10 hours ago BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Cause for the Paws last night to support Ark-Valley Humane Society!! With over 170 guests, it was our biggest Cause for the Paws yet! Thank you to our sponsors & the  #salidasteamplant  for hosting! Thanks to Kalamatapit for the delicious food and Two Weeks in Fiji for the great music! Stay tuned for our announcement on the open house for our new addition
  • Were here setting up for Cause for the Paws! Hope
    1 day ago We’re here setting up for Cause for the Paws! Hope to see you tonight at 5pm at the  #salidasteamplant  !
  • Will we see you at causeforthepaws tomorrow at the salidasteamplant
    2 days ago Will we see you at  #causeforthepaws  tomorrow at the  #salidasteamplant  ?! Come out and enjoy live music by Two weeks in Fiji, delicious food by Kalamatapit, drinks, dancing, games and more all while supporting the lifesaving work of Ark-Valley Humane Society! Pick up your tickets today at the reduced price of $15! (Stop by AVHS, Salida Steamplant, BV or Salida Chamber of Commerce, or Free the Monkey!) or get them at the door for $20! Hope to see you there!
  • Bubba is ready for Halloween! Hes got his costume
    3 days ago Bubba is ready for Halloween! He’s got his costume & beautiful smile, now all that’s missing is the perfect family to spend it with!  #adoptdontshop   #adoptme   #shelterdog   #shelterdogsofinstagram   #avhs   #adoptionsaveslives 
  • Sweet Pumpkin is still patiently waiting for her perfect family!
    3 days ago Sweet Pumpkin is still patiently waiting for her perfect family! This sweet dog gets along with other dogs and LOVES to play! She needs a family that will help teach her good doggy manners, and she’ll repay you with a million kisses! Come meet her today!  #adoptdontshop   #pumpkin   #dogsofinstagram   #shelterdogsofinstagram   #shelterdogs   #avhs   #rescuedogsofinstagram 
  • Cause for the Paws is THIS FRIDAY!! Hope to see
    4 days ago Cause for the Paws is THIS FRIDAY!! Hope to see you at our biggest fundraiser of the year! Come out and play one of our great fundraising games, enjoy live music, delicious food and great company!  #causeforthepaws   #events   #avhs 
  • Anyone looking for an absolute Casanova? Sylvester is your guy!
    1 week ago Anyone looking for an absolute Casanova? Sylvester is your guy! How could you say no to those beautiful green eyes? (Swipe to see )  #catsofinstagram   #adoptdontshop   #adoptionsaveslives   #avhs   #sheltercat 
  • Will you be at our 5th annual Cause for the
    2 weeks ago Will you be at our 5th annual Cause for the Paws?! We’ll have live music, delicious food catered by Kalamata Pit, awesome fundraising games and more! Pick up your tickets at Free the Monkey (BV or Salida), BV or Salida Chamber of Commerce, the Salida SteamPlant, or AVHS!

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