Volunteer

Volunteer in Gilbert

Volunteer with dogWant to be a volunteer helping animals? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Gilbert? If you are over the age of 18, please fill out this online form. We will contact you shortly regarding our next new volunteer orientation. If you have specific questions about our volunteer program, please email: volunteer@azfriends.org. Looking for junior volunteer opportunities? Scroll down…we have a Junior Volunteer Program for kids aged 14-17.

Volunteer Orientation

Orientation is by invitation only and seating is limited due to space. Please ask any interested friends and family to submit an application and wait for an invitation.  Due to an overwhelming response, we have limited positions available.

Positions in greatest need are dog/cat caregivers, dog/cat adoption counselors, community relations, and fundraising team members. All applications will be considered but those with interest in our most-needed areas will be prioritized.

Volunteer Requirements

Please note that there is a $15 fee for all new volunteers to cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt, name tag and training materials. Our Gilbert volunteer program includes the following requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • Commitment to serve a minimum of four hours per month
  • Volunteers attend training as necessary depending on their position
  • In addition to socializing with our furry friends, volunteers are required to donate a minimum of four (4) hours a month in one or more of the following capacities (Applications expressing an interest in helping in these areas will be given a priority over other applications):

Dog and Cat Adoption Counselors  are responsible for giving tours to families, reviewing adoption applications, and working with families to find the right match between a dog/cat and it’s adoptive home, and counseling families on potential good or not so good matches.  Additional duties include answering the phone during adoption hours and dealing with the general public (if a phone volunteer is not available).  Must have excellent customer service and communication skills, specifically interpersonal communication skills.  Enjoy dealing with the general public.  Knowledge of dog or cat behavior is helpful but not required.

Cleaning dog kennels and runs, feeding and giving water to the dogs, cleaning dog play pool, laundry (bedding, etc.), yard and “poop” duty.  Fun stuff includes one-on-one time with the most awesome dogs in the east valley, walks (when it’s not super hot), and free doggie facials. Should be able to handle larger (40 – 120 lbs.) dogs but not required. Must be willing to work a shift on a regular basis.  General dog behavior knowledge is helpful but not required. Must be able to read and follow general directions and protocols for caregiving. It’s a role that requires some work but is highly rewarding – our dogs need to be fed, cared for and loved every day!

Cleaning of individual rooms, feeding and giving water to the cats, laundry (bedding, etc.), and “litterbox poop duty”.  Bonus includes being the recipient of kitties making biscuits, and soft loving purrs as a result of your presence. Must be willing to work a shift on a regular basis.  General cat behavior knowledge is helpful.  Must be able to read and follow general directions.

Education Team Members assist with the development and/or presentation of humane education programs for the public and/or internal education programs for Friends for Life volunteers.  Qualifications vary depending on the duties the volunteer chooses to perform.  This team helps us educate the next generation!

Team members participate in planning meetings throughout the year.  Fundraising Team needs volunteers who can come up with ideas for new and exciting fundraising events, and also team members who can help put those ideas into action.  The Fundraising Team is a great role for those volunteers who wish to not be onsite with the dogs or cats!

We Welcome Junior Volunteers, Ages 14-17

Good news for teenagers who want to volunteer in Gilbert. We welcome new volunteers into our Junior Volunteer Program year round.  We hold orientations at the end of January, March, May and September. Openings fill quickly, so hurry and get your application in during the month prior to the next orientation!

We  accept applications only during the month prior to each of our four orientations: submit in December for January session, February for March session, April for May session, and August for September session.  Orientation is by invitation only and seating is limited due to space and positions available for our junior volunteers.  Due to the overwhelming response we always get, not everyone who applies will get into the orientation class.

Junior Volunteers - How to Apply?

Complete the Jr. Volunteer online application. We will send out email invitations to Orientation and Training approximately three weeks before the session. The date and time of the orientation will be in the invitation.  There is a $15 fee for all new volunteers to cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt, name tag and training materials.

Junior Volunteer Requirements

  • 14 – 17 years old at the time of your initial orientation session
  • Willing to volunteer at least 4 hours per month for 6 months
  • Your parent or legal guardian must attend Orientation and Training with you

Please send any questions about the Junior Volunteer Program to: jrvolunteers@azfriends.org