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 volunteer application fee*. You can select one of the following options in the payment processor:

      • $5.00 for an Application Fee
      • $10.00 for the App + a Volunteer T-shirt
      • $20.00 for the App + T-shirt + Volunteer Apron (recommended for animal handling positions)

You also have the option of purchasing a new volunteer apron for $10 at a later date, 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:

Submit a payment for the application fee. You will be directed to a welcome screen with a link to register in VolunteerMatrix, our Shelter’s volunteer scheduling software.

•  After registration, you can move through Matrix’s calendar links to access the training requirements for the many volunteer programs. 

• You are welcomed as a SFAS volunteer, a vital part of the care and enrichment of our Shelter pets!


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