Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Animal Friends!
Last year, our volunteers contributed over 250,000 hours to our shelter and community. We couldn't do it without you!
Volunteering Opportunities include:
- Direct animal handling* with our shelter cats, dogs and rabbits.
- Animal care assistance.
- Clinic Services support.
- Special event needs.
- Lobby and Admissions Greeter* program.
- Administrative and data entry support.
- Building and grounds maintenance.
- Fostering for our shelter residents in need.
- Humane Education* program needs.
- Community and shelter adoption needs.
- Satellite Adoption Center support at the Bethel Park Petco.
- Therapeutic Services support, including our Therapets and Pet-Assisted Literacy programs.
- And, much more!
*Many volunteer opportunities, including direct animal-handling activities, may require additional specialized training.
Perks of being a Volunteer
- Helping animals in need!
- Flexible hours.
- Hours recognition programs.
- Annual appreciation banquet and other celebrations.
The first step in becoming an Animal Friends volunteer is to complete an online application. When completing the application, you will be able to choose a date to attend a Getting Started Orientation at Animal Friends. At the bottom of the application, you may select the orientation you wish to attend. Each individual attending the orientation should fill out his or her own application. At the orientation, you will learn about the organization’s mission and the ways to get involved!
Volunteers with Animal Friends must:
- Be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend the orientation. Parents and/or guardians must also become volunteers and may need to attend animal handling classes with the underage volunteer. Volunteers must be 16 to socialize cats or rabbits, or 18 to socialize dogs, without a parent or guardian.
- Under 13? Visit our Humane Education page for information about programs and opportunities for younger students.
- Complete an online application. And, enroll in a mandatory orientation at the bottom of the application.
- If you wish to work with the animals, attend the appropriate animal handling trainings after attending the orientation.
- Sign a Code of Conduct form and a Liability Waiver.
- Perform some level of service in a 12-month period to stay active as a volunteer.
- Be able to read and write in English and take directions from staff, or be accompanied by someone who is. All parents/guardians/support staff must also attend the orientation, become volunteers and complete any applicable animal-handling training.
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Contact us at 412.847.7053 or Volunteering@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
Animal Friends Culture Statement
We choose to work at Animal Friends because of its mission to serve as a compassionate advocate for animals. And while we spend our time focused on this mission, we also choose to create a compassionate, humane and healthy workplace for ourselves and each other. Toward that end, we endeavor to:
- Support a united Animal Friends.
- Practice collaboration and cooperation.
- Embrace diversity and open-mindedness.
- Practice open, direct and prompt communication.
- Deal with conflict proactively and responsibly.
- Promote trust.
- Demonstrate respect.
- Support a safe and healthy workplace.
- Acknowledge the emotional aspects of our work.
- Show appreciation and gratitude.
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