Become a Volunteer

Our volunteer team is a robust blend of people from places all over the world. Having this much diversity and experience means that we also need a diverse volunteer program to compliment the skills and abilities of our team. We definitely have that. In fact, we have over 30 volunteer roles across programs that include work at our Shelter, at our Spay & Neuter clinic and in the Santa Fe community. 

Volunteering is about giving, but it is also about you finding a path that makes you happy, one that fulfills you. We are here to make sure your experience is a positive and meaningful one. We provide video, web-based and hands-on training to make you more confident and able to work with our special population of pets. You’ll also meet a great team of co-volunteers and staff to help you on your way.

If you’re ready to join our A-mazing team of Volunteers, here’s how to get started: 

Volunteer Requirements: 

• Must be 16 years or older. Volunteers 12 to 15, along with their chaperones can click here for more information.

• Those wanting to handle animals must attend specific handling classes provided by the Shelter.

• Applicants must be able and willing to follow organizational policies for the safety and well-being of the animals and other people at SFAS locations.

• Submit a one-time, non-refundable $5 volunteer application fee*. The fee helps cover the costs of our volunteer T-shirt (received after 30 days of volunteering), name badge and equipment. You also have the option of purchasing a new volunteer apron for $10, which you may take home; communal aprons will be provided if you do not wish to purchase one. The application fee will be waived for youths aged 12-18 and those qualifying for assistance. Please email us for this consideration.

*Note: The application fee does not guarantee placement as a volunteer in our program but will serve the animals in our care if placement is not made, including change of heart 


Volunteer Application Process:

    1. Submit an Application and payment for the application fee. Follow the prompts on the screen until you receive the success message. 
    1. Once the app is submitted and reviewed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register online through Volunteer Matrix, our Shelter’s volunteer scheduling software.
    1. After registration, you can sign up for the New Volunteer Orientation and begin watching our animal handling videos; the links will be provided in the registration email. You will receive volunteer credit for attending the Orientation, for video training completed at home and for any hands on-training you receive at the Shelter.
    1. You are welcomed as a SFAS volunteer, a vital part of the care and enrichment of our Shelter pets!


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