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A young volunteer posing with a dog

Due to concerns with COVID-19, we will not be accepting NEW volunteers at this time.

Please check back January 1, 2021 for updates!


Current Volunteers - Click HERE to access the online volunteer portal.

The Ames Animal Shelter is staffed by three full-time employees and four part-time employees. But it takes a lot of people to keep the animals as happy and comfortable as possible during their stay here. That’s where volunteers come in!

Volunteers provide a variety of services to the shelter and the animals. Volunteers pitch in to help with the chores when things are busy, and also socialize with the animals to help them relax and adjust to the shelter setting. It’s incredibly heartwarming to see how the animals recognize the volunteers when they come in, knowing it means they’re about to get some special attention.

Volunteers also help to make the animals appear more adoptable to visitors! A dog that knows the basic “sit” and “stay” commands will seem far more adoptable to a visitor than a dog that still needs to learns their commands. A cat will be more adoptable if it’s been brushed and gotten used to being cuddled and snuggled with. This is a critical role volunteers play in the program.

Because we rely so much on our volunteers for assistance, they must be able to provide a commitment to us and our animals. We require the following:

Volunteers must be 18 years or older

Volunteers must have their own health insurance

Volunteers must be able to provide four hours of service a month

Volunteers must be able to provide a one year commitment.

Want to get started? The first step is to fill out an application. You can do this by clicking HERE.

All volunteers will be required to attend an orientation once their application has been approved. Orientations take place the first Saturday of every month.