"Larimer Humane Society's mission is to promote and provide the humane care and treatment of animals."


Volunteer Information

Volunteer With Us!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Larimer Humane Society! We rely on volunteers to help with virtually every aspect of our organization from providing daily care, exercise and enrichment for the animals to assisting with pet adoptions, events and mailings. Our volunteers also help us educate the public on Larimer Humane Society's programs and services at community events, assist us with humane education presentations and more!

Whether you're interested in simply spending quality time with homeless animals or want to learn valuable hands-on skills, Larimer Humane Society’s volunteer program can accommodate your interests. Your time is a valuable gift and just a few hours a week can and will make an incredible difference in the lives of homeless animals.

Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers are asked to make a minimum six month commitment to the shelter.
  • Please note that most shelter volunteer positions require a minimum of two-hours of service per week. Please check the volunteer position descriptions for age and time requirements.
  • Volunteer Age Requirements:
    • Volunteers between the ages of 10-15 are eligible to join our "Partner Up Program." Partner-Up teams consist of at least one adult (parent, guardian or trusted family friend) age 18 years or over and the child. Adult and child volunteer together.
    • Beginning at age 16, children may volunteer independently at the shelter in select departments without a parent or guardian. 
    • We’re sorry, but due to the nature of our services, children under 10 years of age are not allowed to volunteer at the animal shelter. Children may participate by providing foster care to an animal if an adult age 18 years or over joins the Foster Care program.

Steps to Volunteering

Step 1: Review the open volunteer shifts below:

General OfficeVolunteer
Hours: Tuesday anytime between 1pm. to 4:30pm.
Friday anytime between between 1pm. to 4:30pm.

Office Support Volunteers
Hours: Weekday morning shifts starting at 9 a.m.
Number of volunteers needed: 4-5
Duties Include:

  • Sorting and receiving mail
  • Data Entry
  • Mail support
  • Misc. research

Donor  Thank You Ambassador Volunteers
Hours: Weekly/Ongoing - can be done from home
Number of volunteers needed: 3
Duties Include:

  • Calling to thank donors for their donations
  • Writing thank you cards to donors
  • Tracking important information from phone conversations

Fire Hydrant 5K Run/Walk Office Support
Hours: Weekday morning or afternoon shifts starting in Feb/March through Mid-June
Duties Include: Working under direction of events coordinator to secure event logistics:

  • Distributing event flyers
  • Making phone calls for donations
  • Mailing support

Adoption Counselor and Animal Liason
Monday: 2-4pm
Tuesday: 11-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm, 5-7pm
Thursday: 3-5pm
Friday: 1-3pm
Saturday: 1-3pm
Sunday: 2-4pm, 3-5pm

Animal Photographer:
Monday: anytime
Thursdsay: anytime

Animal Photography Assistant:
Tuesday: 9-11am
Saturday: 3-5pm

Animal Care:
Monday: Anytime 8-5pm
Tuesday: 8-10am, 10-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm
Wednesday: 8-10am, 10-12pm
Thursday: 8-10am, 12-2pm
Friday: 8-10am, 10-12pm, 12-2pm

B&E Dog Walkers:
Monday: 8-10am, 10-12pm, 12-2pm
Wednesday: 8-10am, 10-12pm
Thursday: 8-10am, 10-12pm
Friday: 1-3pm

Cat Enrichment:
Monday: 8-10am, 12-2pm
Wednesday: 8-10am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm, 5-7pm
Thursday: 8-10am, 10-12pm
Friday: 10-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm
Saturday: 12-2pm, 2-4pm
Sunday: 11-1pm, 1-3pm

Transport Volunteer for FCCR:
3rd Wednesday of Month, AM and PM shifts

Step 2: Sign up for an orientation

A non-refundable payment for your badge, t-shirt and training will be required during orientation sign-up. Only sign up if you can work one of the open shifts above. Space is limited each month based on our availability. If you are registering as a Partner-Up team, the parent/guardian and child must register together.

At each volunteer orientation we provide an overview of Larimer Humane Society's programs and services, answer frequently asked questions about our shelter, review available volunteer opportunities, and provide animal handling training.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS (NOTE: You must pre-register for volunteer orientation):

Upcoming 2015 Orientations:

Watch for upcoming Voluteer Orientation dates!

Step 3: Interview

After attending one of our volunteer orientations, prospective volunteers will be invited to interview with one of our department supervisors to discuss personal goals, daily responsibilities, and whether or not the position is a proper fit for the volunteer depending on availability and interests. Additional information regarding the interview process will be provide at the orientation.


**Please note that Larimer Humane Society charges a $20 non-refundable fee per volunteer for a volunteer t-shirt, nametag and printed materials