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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    1 month ago THREE HOURS LEFT! Vote, vote and vote some more to see your pet win its own month in our 2019/2020 AVHS calendar! The coolest part is you’re making a big difference in a homeless pet’s life! ❤️ submit and vote at www.gogophotocontest.com/avhs
  • Time is running out! Have you submitted and voted for
    1 month ago Time is running out! Have you submitted and voted for your favorite pet photo to make it in our 2019/2020 AVHS calendar? Enter and vote here at www.gogophotocontest.com/avhs
  • Our photo contest ends TONIGHT! Time is running out so
    1 month ago Our photo contest ends TONIGHT! Time is running out so if you want your pet’s photo guaranteed in a month of its own in our 2019/2020 calendar, make sure the pet is in the top 12 photos! And remember, every photo submitted will be in the calendar on a day block in the calendar! The more you vote, the more shelter pets win!
  • FINAL FLASH SALE GOING ON RIGHT NOW! Link in bio
    1 month ago FINAL FLASH SALE GOING ON RIGHT NOW! Link in bio to vote before our photo contest ends!!
  • Did you know the top twelve photos with the most
    1 month ago Did you know the top twelve photos with the most votes earns their spot on one of the twelve months of our beautiful AVHS 2019/2020 calendar? Time is running out so vote and encourage friends and family to do the same! ❤️link in bio to vote!!
  • NO ADOPTION FEE FOR ALL DOGS AND CATS 7 MONTHS
    2 months ago NO ADOPTION FEE FOR ALL DOGS AND CATS 7 MONTHS AND OLDER!! We’re open daily noon to 5:30! Come by the shelter today!
  • Is your pet a star? Show us by entering your
    2 months ago Is your pet a star? Show us by entering your pet in our fourth annual Feline and Fido Photo Contest! The pet with the most votes wins their photo on the front cover of our 2019/2020 AVHS calendar! Link in bio to submit and vote!
  • AVHS PHOTO CONTEST FLASH SALE! Today only your votes are
    2 months ago AVHS PHOTO CONTEST FLASH SALE! Today only, your votes are doubled! Hurry and vote today and get more bang for your buck while making a difference in a homeless animal’s life! click the link in our profile to vote!

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