Are you interested in making a real difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs? Are you ready to get your hands dirty and pitch in? Then you just might want to become a New Lease on Life volunteer!


Volunteering at the Shelter

  • General Cleaning
    • Duties include changing litterboxes, sweeping and mopping floors, organizing supplies, refilling food and water dishes, washing dishes, etc.
    • Typical length of time needed: At least 1 hour, or up to three hours
  • Grooming
    • Volunteers trim nails and brush fur for dogs and cats
    • Typical length of time needed: 2 hours
  • Dog Walking
    • Duties include walking dogs, both big and small, through the neighborhood for exercise. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear non skid shoes such as tennis shoes for proper traction

When to volunteer:

  • Monday through Saturday 1pm to 7pm

Is there anything I need to know before I volunteer?

No, we will train you on everything you need to know about handling the animals and sanitation procedures. All you need is a willingness to learn and ask questions.

We do recommend that you wear old clothes to volunteer because you will most likely be using disinfectants and/or bleach which can stain clothes. T-shirts and jeans are usually the dress code, so dress comfortably!

Can I bring my child with me? Can my child volunteer on their own?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer on their own, and all volunteers must be mature enough to complete cleaning tasks unsupervised. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering and will be allowed to volunteer only as long as they show the maturity required to complete tasks.

Can I still volunteer if I’m allergic?

The simple answer to this is, it depends on the severity of your allergy. If you are allergic to dogs, most likely not because we do have dogs coming and going through all areas of the shelter at all times. If you are allergic to cats, this depends on how bad your allergic reactions are and what your comfort level is. We recommend visiting the shelter before committing to a full shift to gauge whether or not this will be the right fit for you.