There are plenty of opportunities to help:
- Adoption hosts. The great thing about Pima Animal Care Center is there are so many wonderful pets to choose from! But that also means it can be overwhelming to choose. It makes a huge difference to potential adopters to have a friendly person greet them and help them find the best fit and the best partnership.
- Off-site opportunities. When we take our animals out into the community where people are live and shop, it’s not only a great opportunity to show off how charming our animals are, but it’s also a chance to introduce folks to the steps they can take that will help reduce the number of homeless pets. Events vary monthly and volunteers can determine which ones best fit their schedule.
- Dog walking and cat socialization. It’s very important that our animals have lots of opportunities for socialization, as well as exercise and positive stimulation. It sounds simple, but just walking a dog or cuddling a cat can give him hope and save his life.
- Groomers. If you’ve got a big date or a big event, you’re going to want to bring the chic. Same with our animals. It’s hard to strut when you aren’t wearing your best coat. If you’ve got the skills, we’ve got grateful clients.
- Enrichment. Whether you’re a crafty soul who can help us with projects that can stimulate the animals and stave off boredom, or whether you have some time to do a little behavior training with our dogs so they are better at minding their manners, we have a job for you.
- Outreach Volunteer. Help educate the public about Pima Animal Care Center, our mission and services. Outreach volunteers should be outgoing, friendly people. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: seeking out public speaking opportunities, providing educational presentations on animal issues such as bite safety and responsible pet ownership to schools, HOAs and community groups, and distributing promotional materials at events and local businesses.
- Office support. We always need help with data entry, answering the phones and supporting rescue operations. If you have the time, we can put your organizational skills to good use.
This is just a partial list of the ways you can help our animals.
While our minimum age to volunteer is 16, we do have a Generations Program, where youth between the ages of 11-15 years old can pair up with a parent or guardian.
Internships: We are accepting internship applications for college students who want to gain experience in animal welfare and volunteer management. Possible internships include working with the Rescue Department, Adoptions Department and Volunteer Department.